This world day emphasizes the essential role of humanitarian personnel in all regions of the world. It is an opportunity to pay tribute to these men and women who perform essential work for people in need. It is also an invitation to do everything possible to protect these humanitarian workers who, unfortunately, still become targets today.
While the human cost of the climate crisis cannot be ignored, this day aims to pressure all world leaders to take concrete action to safeguard the safety of humanitarian workers and promote the well-being, dignity and survival of people affected by the crises in their countries.
The UN has launched a solidarity campaign on social media in support of the most vulnerable people with the help of the following keywords:
Participate in the Race for Humanity by sharing your actions and ways to raise awareness and help support humanitarian workers and vulnerable people.
The Global Humanitarian Overview 2021 reports that one in every 33 people in the world is in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, or 235 million people. Available in English, Español and French in full and abridged forms for download.
Recall that this World Humanitarian Day has been celebrated since 2009. It marks the anniversary of the attack on the United Nations compound in Baghdad that killed 22 people. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello lost his life.