20/12/2011 Baroness Scotland helps celebrate the UN's International Human Solidarity Day by opening London Stock Exchange markets
This morning a Market Open ceremony took place to mark the UN's International Human Solidarity Day as part of Humanitarian week. The event at the London Stock Exchange was held in conjunction with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the launch of new humanitarian website Row6.com. Market open events are being held to celebrate the day at other stock exchanges around the world, including the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.
Opening the market was Baroness Scotland together with theatre producer Marla Rubin, holocaust survivor and step-sister of Anne Frank, Dr. Eva Schloss, charity campaigner Nic Careem and explorer Inge Solhiem.
Kevin Milne, Director of Post Trade at London Stock Exchange Group said:
"We are delighted to be welcoming ambassadors for the UN's International Human Solidarity Day to the London Stock Exchange today. This morning our guests opened the London markets, the world's most international listing hub, a fitting venue on a day that celebrates what it is to be truly international."
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) is a United Nations body formed in December 1991 by General Assembly Resolution 46/182. The resolution was designed to strengthen the UN's response to complex emergencies and natural disasters by creating the Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA), and replacing the Office of the United Nations Disaster Relief Coordinator, which had been formed in 1972. In 1998, due to reorganisation, DHA merged into the OCHA and was designed to be the UN focal point on major disasters.
Its mandate was also expanded to include the coordination of humanitarian response, policy development and humanitarian advocacy. It is a sitting observer of the United Nations evelopment Group. OCHA is therefore an inter-agency body, serving UN agencies and NGOs in the humanitarian domain. Its main product is the Consolidated Appeals Process, an advocacy and planning tool to deliver humanitarian assistance together in a given emergency.
Row6.com is a new website supported by The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) that aims to prove that the world's seven billion inhabitants are all connected by only six degrees of separation.
Social enterprise, Row6 is a website where people from around the world connect and share by giving and receiving a helping hand. Row6 believes that while misunderstanding and strife dominate our world and its politics, there is an urgent need for understanding and connection - on a human level, as one human race.