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World Humanitarian Day – 19 August 2009

August 18th, 2009 No comments

2009-08-19To honour all humanitarians and increase public understanding of humanitarian assistance activities worldwide, the United Nations General Assembly has chosen to dedicate the 19th of August to commemorate World Humanitarian Day.

On this day we will pause to remember the hundreds of UN and non-governmental organization workers who have lost their lives while carrying out their duties and to acknowledge the ongoing work of humanitarian staff.

Globally, this event reminds us of the major dilemma facing humanitarian agencies around the world – how do we meet the life-or-death needs of the world’s most vulnerable people while making sure those who provide that help are kept safe?

Find out more on the OCHA website