Students meet with Foreign Minister on World Humanitarian Day

18 Aug 2016   |   Emergency Relief   |   Emergencies   |   Long-term Development

Julie Bishop with students and CA staff at WHD event

To mark World Humanitarian Day, on Friday, 19 August, students from Our Holy Redeemer School in Melbourne’s Surrey Hills met with the Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop at an event at the State Library of Victoria.

The Foreign Minister addressed students, as well as representatives of the Australian humanitarian community, to outline Australia’s humanitarian commitments in the future.

Our Holy Redeemer School is one of 1,700 Catholic schools supporting the work of Caritas in responding to humanitarian emergencies and long-term development programs.

World Humanitarian Day is an annual event which coincides with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nation’s Baghdad headquarters.  It pays tribute to the hundreds of thousands of aid workers who risk their lives every day to help those in need. It also seeks to mobilise action for a more humane world.

The 2016 theme is “One Humanity” and, as one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world, Caritas welcomes the Australian government’s recognition of this important day.

“Caritas through its global, grassroots network are often the first to respond to emergencies, assisting in the needs of people and communities affected by conflicts and natural disasters,” Caritas CEO, Paul O’Callaghan said.

“There will always be major challenges arising from natural disasters and human conflicts.  At no other time since the Second World War has there been such an immense global challenge. More than 130 million people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance to survive. It is through solidarity with them and coordinated action by governments and non-government agencies that much can be achieved.”

Caritas is a partner of the Humanitarian Partnership Agreement between the Australian Government and six of Australia’s leading international NGOs. Together, they are responding rapidly to global disasters and to build resilience to future crises.

Caritas media contact: Nicole Clements, 0408 869 833 or

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