World Humanitarian Day observed with theme One Humanity

Aug 20, 2016 08:11 IST

World Humanitarian Day 19 August: World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day was observed on 19 August 2016 with the theme One Humanity.

The theme explains how our shared human experiences bind us across divides, and create a common responsibility to demand action for the most vulnerable and at risk of being left behind.

The digital campaign for the World Humanitarian Day 2016 was The World You’d Rather.

The day is dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.

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Background

World Humanitarian Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as part of a Swedish-sponsored resolution on the Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations.

The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq in which the then Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello and 21 of his colleagues were killed.

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