By Bryce Legget, IRNA
The biggest issues regarding humanitarian aid are, broadly, contributing members and inconsistent results. The U.N. needs to address both of them at an upcoming conference in the United States.
While most agree action must be taken, tensions are rising when it comes to deciding what that action should be. The U.N. cannot continue to dance around a solution that would support people in clear need. It has become painfully obvious that the current solutions do not work. The stakes are simply too high in the countless circumstances to ignore developing a better solution. Even in the earliest years of the organization, representatives recognized the importance of ensuring the safety of refugees, and we must continue to recognize and support this issue. “Priority ought to be given to refugees and displaced persons in immediate danger of grave physical harm,” a representative of Nicaragua to the Economic and Social Council said in a 1948 conference. An example of humanitarian aid was when Iran provided food and other resources to help Muslims in Myanmar in September and October 2017. While these actions should be met with gratitude, more can and should be done. Countries can offer more aid and shelter refugees within their borders. It has been reported that the system itself is spread too thin to properly handle the gravity and quantity of modern-day dilemmas.
Specific action has to be agreed upon and executed by more than just a few noble nations for anything of substance to truly be accomplished. This is a call for consensus. First and foremost, refugees are human beings, and thus the U.N. is called to treat them with dignity and respect. The best way to do that would be to come to an agreement on how to proceed with offering aid in the future because “taking it slow” has ceased to be an option. If anything, it undermines the severity of the situations. It is with great optimism and genuine goodwill that we look to the representatives gathering in Chicago, Illinois for a plan from the U.N. that will take confident strides toward improving the standards for humanitarian aid.
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