World Humanitarian Day 2022

08.08.2022 - Article

19 August 2022 - More than 130 million people around the world are currently in need of humanitarian assistance because of hardship caused by war or natural disasters.

World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day© United Nations

On August 19, World Humanitarian Day is celebrated every year.

World Humanitarian Day aims to raise awareness of the plight of civilians around the world caught up in conflict, and to honor and support the humanitarian workers who risk and sometimes lose their lives to help.

Background Information

World Humanitarian Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 and officially celebrated for the first time in 2009.

The date of August 19 was chosen because it marks the anniversary of the bombing of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, which killed the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mellothe, and twenty others.

Each year, a different theme is chosen for World Humanitarian Day, and organizations around the world are involved in honoring the day in a variety of ways, from fundraisers to lectures and other events, all aimed at raising awareness.

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