World Humanitarian Day

Different countries celebrate August 19 every year World Humanitarian Day.

World Humanitarian Day in history

The memorial day was founded on the initiative of the United Nations with the participation of the World Health Organization and other international organizations. The official observance of the Day of Humanitarian Aid is enshrined in the decision of the UN General Assembly A/RES /63/139.

The history of this day began after the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General Sergio Vieira di Mello died in Iraq along with his colleagues during the bombing of the headquarters of the organization. There was an explosion in Baghdad in 2003. Since 2009, this day has been celebrated every year on August 19 to honor the memory of those who died.


As the members of the humanitarian organizations themselves note, this day is listed in the calendar not only in memory of the fallen representatives of the UN.

The purpose of World Humanitarian Day

The main goal of the World Humanitarian Day is to emphasize the need for cooperation between states during armed conflicts, natural disasters, and global disasters.

And also to draw society’s attention to conflicts and various crises that are still ongoing in various countries of the world.

  • Today, more than 170 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
  • Currently, the UN and its partners plan to help 109 million of the most vulnerable categories of the world’s population.

How is this event celebrated?

Celebrating this event is an opportunity to spread information about the importance of humanitarian activities among humanity. This is one of the means to attract financial assets for the provision of humanitarian aid. And on such a day, the world society honors those workers who died during humanitarian operations.


World Humanitarian Day

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