Lib Dem Foreign Affairs Spokesman and MP for Carshalton & Wallington Tom Brake joins countries all around the world in showing global solidarity with the 130 million people worldwide who need humanitarian assistance to survive. Coinciding with World Humantiarian Day, Tom is putting pressure on the government to endorse the Safe Schools’ Declaration, which seeks to safeguard schools and universities from war.
August 19th was chosen for World Humanitarian Day seven years ago to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad. Tom feels this date would be the perfect time for the UK to endorse the Safe Schools’ Declaration, as it would show the UK’s absolute commitment to humanitarian relief and international humanitarian law.
Tom said, ‘Since the World Humanitarian Day’s inception seven years ago, we have seen crisis after crisis hitting many of the world's most vulnerable people. Now more than ever, we must come together as a global community to eradicate the causes of these crises; whether they be war, poverty or climate change. The first step in doing so is protecting the institutions which can provide the solutions to these problems; those being the schools and universities. The UK must therefore endorse the Safe Schools’ Declaration and lead the way for a strengthening of international humanitarian law, safeguarding the hopes and ambitions for future generations of children, no matter where they are from.’