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World Humanitarian Day 2022

World Humanitarian Day 2022

Every year, on 19 August, we observe World Humanitarian Day to increase awareness about humanitarian response and honour those at the frontline.

World Humanitarian Day takes place on 19 August – a day designated by the UN General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 humanitarian aid workers, including UN Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello.​ Originally designed to recognize aid workers, the annual observation has evolved to highlight different areas related to humanitarian action, mobilizing people from around the world to advocate for the broader humanitarian cause.​ OCHA coordinates the messaging for the World Humanitarian Day and #ItTakesAVillage has been chosen as the topic for 2022:

“There is a saying that goes: it takes a village to raise a child. Similarly, it takes a village to support a person in a humanitarian crisis. An entire humanitarian community, made up of local volunteers, emergency services, NGOs, the Red Cross/Crescent and the UN, is their support network. And these teams work all over the world helping millions of people every day, providing urgent health care, shelter, food, protection, water, livelihoods and much more. WHD 2022 builds on this metaphor of collective endeavour to grow global appreciation of humanitarian work.”

The illustration above shows a combination of multiple aid workers and their different and complementing roles.

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