World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is an international day observed on 19 August every year to honour the work of humanitarian workers and to remember those who have lost their lives in the course of their work. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009, five years after a bomb attack on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 22 people, including the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

The theme for World Humanitarian Day 2023 is “The Human Race: A Global Challenge for Climate Action in Solidarity with People Who Need it the Most”. This theme highlights the important role that humanitarians play in responding to the climate crisis, and the need for increased solidarity with those who are most affected by it.


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