World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is celebrated internationally on August 19th to raise awareness of humanitarian work and the people who risk their lives to provide aid to people in need. This year's campaign is about inspiring the spirit of aid work in everyone.
Every day, humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who or where they are. World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people.
This year’s campaign "I Was Here" is about making your mark by doing something good, somewhere, for someone else.
The United Nations (UN) says more than 60 million people around the world are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
August 19 was set aside as World Humanitarian Day after 22 UN and aid agency workers lost their lives in an attack on the UN offices in Baghdad in 2003.
Greg Grimsich, UN Pacific Humanitarian Affairs Officer, said, "Globally, we have to recognise that there's over 62 million people who are in desperate need of humanitarian aid around the world - their lives and livelihoods shattered by conflicts and disasters.”
"And it is humanitarians and humanitarian organisations that are on the ground working hard to save lives and help communities better prepare for the future and recover from these crises."
This year's humanitarian day also focuses on how individuals can make a difference, under the online campaign of 'I Was Here'.
The UN says the campaign has generated one billion messages since it was launched on August 2, and made social media history./.