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World Humanitarian Day 2021 - 19th August 2021

Date:

08/19/2021


World Humanitarian Day 2021 - 19th August 2021

The World Humanitariad Day (WHD) 2021 is celebrated today. This year's edition is dedicated to climate emergency and it will highlight the immediate consequences of the climate emergency for the world’s most vulnerable people and ensure that their voices are heard, and their needs top the agenda at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.

The United Nations lauched a dedicated website for the WHD 2021 https://www.worldhumanitarianday.org that will be updated throughout the celebrations with all the initiatives organized in the world.

A commemorative ceremony will be held in Geneva at 3 pm today, livestreamed at http://webtv.un.org with the participation of the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Tatiana Valovaya, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

 

Background

This day was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 people, including the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formalized the day as World Humanitarian Day (WHD).

Each year, WHD focuses on a theme, bringing together partners from across the humanitarian system to advocate for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.

This year, we highlight the immediate human cost of the climate crisis by pressuring world leaders to take meaningful climate action for the world’s most vulnerable people.


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