World Humanitarian Day 2015

Created on Monday, 14 September 2015

World Humanitarian Day is marked annually on 19th August. The Day was created at the initiative of the United Nations in order to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The Day coincides with the 2003 attacks on the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, when 22 humanitarians, including the UN Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello, died.

Every year on World Humanitarian Day the EU carries out a dedicated awareness raising campaign. This year the campaign sought to promote global respect for International Humanitarian Law and the principles that guide humanitarian action: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence.

Recent figures have shown that there relief workers continually face violence in their work. This trend is increasing, as humanitarian workers more and more frequently become targets of attacks and kidnappings. Oftentimes, these attacks lead aid organisations to pull out of dangerous regions and then millions of people are left without essential support and humanitarian services cannot be delivered. More information is available here.