The Elders welcome the new report on humanitarian funding by the UN High-Level Panel, chaired by Kristalina Georgieva and HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah, as a timely and acute analysis of the global challenges in delivering aid to those in need.They wholeheartedly endorse the report’s assertions that “receiving lifesaving humanitarian aid is a right, and that providing it is a duty”, and that all actors must ensure their policies and decisions protect the “inviolable core humanitarian principles” of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality.The Elders agree with the report’s emphasis on “shrinking the need” for humanitarian assistance by a concerted resolve to end global conflicts, and by implementing credible policies to tackle climate change – widely acknowledged as one of the key drivers of natural disasters.If the international community can seriously work for peace in conflicts such as Syria, Ukraine, Iraq and Afghanistan, this would diminish the flow of refugees requiring humanitarian assistance. Equally, leaders must now honour the commitments made at the COP 21 climate summit in Paris in December 2015 and implement sustainable policies to tackle climate change.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “It is a challenge and an affront to our common humanity that 125 million people across the world require humanitarian assistance. This report is valuable for its clarity, its robust analysis and its clear moral message. The world’s prosperous nations need to show real ethical leadership to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable.”“The report contains important recommendations for governments, NGOs, aid agencies and the private sector, who must set aside rivalries and suspicions to forge an effective new consensus. I hope they will heed these messages and work together for the common good.”It is crucial that the recipients of humanitarian assistance are also included in the ongoing debate, so their voices are heard and their rights, dignity and agency are all respected.The Elders will do their utmost to support the aims and recommendations of this report, and share its hope that the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul will see leaders commit to its implementation.
0 Entertainment Weekly heads to Agrabah. Entertainment Weekly Disney’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin won’t hit theaters until May, but we got a look at a handful pictures from the movie, Wednesday. Entertainment Weekly magazine has new photos of Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar and Genie (played by Will Smith), who you might remember from the 1992 animated film. Mena Massoud, who plays Aladdin, also tweeted the photos joking, “This is what is looks like when Genie tells Aladdin what he wants for Christmas,” referencing a photo with Massoud and Smith. Just saw Will Smith as the genie in the live action Aladdin remake. My reaction……. #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/v6irLIjRC5— Jason Wesney (@JasonWesney) December 19, 2018 The photos show the streets of Agrabah, the Sultan’s palace and even Aladdin’s monkey buddy Abu. Aladdin is slated for May 24, 2019.The photos of Genie — who was originally voiced by Robin Williams — are getting lots of reaction on social media. One Twitter user lamented: “Genie ain’t blue.” Though some are tweeting out concern that Genie isn’t blue in this batch of pictures, Smith took to Instagram to say he will, in fact, be blue. Post a comment Genie ain’t blue :'( #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/Ia9taqV1nj— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 19, 2018 Share your voice This is what it looks like when Genie tells #Aladdin what he wants for Christmas. Thanks @EW for the exclusive pics and interview! pic.twitter.com/nukhzYscu3— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) December 19, 2018 We can show you the world… of Disney’s live-action #Aladdin! Get a shining, shimmering, splendid first look at the reimagined classic in our magical First Look issue: https://t.co/Kwkcdfen5v pic.twitter.com/7NbyiRRcLH— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 19, 2018 Tags TV and Movies