International Current Affairs 2017

Latest International Current Affairs 2017 with news summaries and current events in International developments, geopolitical, organizations, groupings and fora related updates for India and world with all important national news updates and events for the year 2017.

19 August: World Humanitarian Day

The World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is observed every year on 19 August to recognize work of humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives. The campaign theme for this year is #NotATarget.

The observance of the day also provides an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. It pays tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and also to rally support for people affected by crisis around the world.

Background

The World Humanitarian Day was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by passing a resolution A/63/L.49. The resolution passed by UNGA on the Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations was sponsored by Sweden.

The day coincides with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. In this bombing, then Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello and his 21 colleagues were killed.

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Melbourne tops in 2017 EIU Liveability index

According to the 2017 Global Liveability Report compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Australian city Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world.

The EIU Liveability index scores 140 major cities of the world on the scale ranging from 0 (least liveable city) to 100 (most liveable city) based on healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment and infrastructure parameters. No Indian city was ranked in the top ten or bottom ten.

Key Facts

10 most liveable cities’ list includes Vienna (2nd), Vancouver (3rd), Toronto (4th), Calgary (5th), Adelaide (6th), Perth (7th), Auckland (8th), Helsinki (9th) and Hamburg (10th). The rankings of top five cities remain unchanged as compare to previous year.

For the seventh consecutive year, Melbourne has topped the list. Three Canadian cities made it into the top five: Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.

The survey lists Damascus (140th) as the least liveable city, followed by Lagos (139th), Tripoli (138th), Dhaka (137th), Port Moresby (136th), Algiers (135th), Karachi (134th), Harare (133rd), Douala (132nd) and Kiev (131st). Iraq, Libya, Syria and Turkey remain the subject of high-profile civil unrest and armed conflicts.

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