The new United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres addressed the participants in the High-level Forum on Combating Anti-Muslim Discrimination and Hatred which was held on the 17th January 2017, at the ECOSOC Chamber of the UN Conference Building, in New York. In this message, the UN Secretary-General warned against the rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes and called for standing up against racial discrimination.


He highlighted the importance for drawing strength from the principles of unity, tolerance and understanding the value of cultural diversity.

“Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people – and societies – from achieving their full potential,” said Mr. Guterres in his video message.

“In times of insecurity, vulnerable communities that look different become convenient scapegoats,” he added, calling all of us to resist cynical efforts that try to divide communities and “portray neighbours as ‘the other’.”

We call on all our friends to join ” The Together Campaign ” and demonstrate our strength and unity in diversity.

 

 

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23rd January 2017

The Humanitarian Forum (THF) welcomes all peace processes that endeavour to bring an end to, arguably, the most devastating crisis since the Second World War. We hope that these talks develop further previous peace talks initiated by the United Nations. THF, along with its partners, organised one of the first humanitarian conferences for Syria on 17 December 2011 in Cairo, with cooperation from UNOCHA Middle East and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Humanitarian Affairs Department and, a follow-up conference on 4 March 2012 at the League of Arab States in cooperation with OIC and League of Arab States’ Health and Emergency Department. Here the partners called for a coordinated humanitarian response from all stakeholders and emphasised the importance of involving the Syrian community at all levels. We expect efforts to fully implement a ceasefire across Syria and appeal for an immediate, unconditional and safe access for humanitarian agencies to reach the children and families who are still cut off from humanitarian aid across the country. According to the UNHCR, there are 15 besieged areas in Syria where up to 700,000 people, including an estimated 300,000 children, still remain trapped. Nearly 5 million people, including more than 2 million children, live in areas that are extremely difficult to reach with humanitarian assistance due to fighting, insecurity and restricted access. President of the Humanitarian Forum, Dr Hany El-Banna OBE stressed, “All means should be exhorted to bring an end to this devastating conflict. The peace talks in Astana need to be constructive and restore hope for the Syrian people along with a strategic plan for the future of their country. The Syrian people need to be involved in re-shaping their future and the return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes is paramount to a meaningful peace process. The last few years have been very saddening and I hope, starting with the Astana Talks, 2017 will become the year of peace”.

ENDS.

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Our Report:

THF – PRESS RELEASE – Syria Peace Talks, Astana 23 January 2017

Union of Syrian Civil Society organizations in the Collaboration with the The Humanitarian Forum Invite you to Attend:
“Workshops of Exchanging the Humanitarian Affairs”
1-Parternerships between the humanitarian organizations (the independency and parity.
2-Experiences and examples in leading the media campaigns (the (advocacy in the social media.
3-Effectiveness and quality standards in organizations and networks of the civil society.
4-The institutional differences between the relief and development organizations.
In 7-8 January of 2017 in Teymur hotel in Gazi Antep From 09:00 until 17:00Including elite of humanitarian organizations experts on the worldwide:
Dr. Hany El banna
Dr. Ibrahim Alawad
Dr. Muhammed Alsos
Dr. Tarik Afifi
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Kuwait in preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS)

The International Islamic Charity Organization (IICO) hosted a national consultation workshop Kuwait in preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). The workshop was organized in partnership with the Humanitarian Forum (THF) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs(UNOCHA) and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on the 9th of June. 48 participants representing 27 Kuwaiti NGOs discussed and reviewed the new humanitarian agenda and ways forward to make positive and practical recommendations for progress. The participants also discussed the humanitarian effectiveness and accountable partnerships.  The participants highlighted the importance of encouraging the culture of volunteerism in humanitarian action and integrating it into the school curriculum. Educational activities need to be developed to target donors and invite them to consider both reliefs as well as development interventions as they make their grants.  Participants explained the need to develop shared human values that are based on Muslim and Arab culture. This dimension can then be transferred into the school curriculum, training programs and other education activities. The participants also reviewed the role of the Waqf (Muslim Endowments) in sustaining and developing new innovative projects.