White Helmets

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Official logo of the White Helmets.

The White Helmets Commission (Spanish: Comisión Cascos Blancos) is a humanitarian aid and peacekeeping agency based on an initiative launched by Argentina in 1993.[1]

History[edit]

The organization was presented to the international community at the United Nations General Assembly in 1994.[2] The UN then adopted the initiative into its organizational framework. The Organization of American States did likewise in 1998.[3]

The White Helmets participate in scenarios of natural or man-made disasters and socio-economic crises, employing volunteer work and managing international financial support. It depends on the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Relations. Its central seat is located in Buenos Aires. Within the UN, the White Helmets Commission works closely with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV).

Missions[edit]

The organization has taken part in the following missions:

References[edit]

  1. ^ The White Helmets Initiative, which is an initiative funded by the Government of Argentina, however, does have a relatively large concentration of International (Argentinian) volunteers, who have served in a number of sub-sectors under the UNDP/ PAPP umbrella.
  2. ^ Official declaration of the UN
  3. ^ White Helmets of Argentina, PAHO agree to strengthen regional disaster response capacity
  4. ^ Arrived to Puerto Principe two planes with aid from Argentina
  5. ^ Argentina envía a los Cascos Blancos para asistir a los refugiados de Libia

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