World Humanitarian Day
In order to recognize those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes, the UN has created World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day (August 19) is an opportunity to pay tribute to humanitarian personnel who are working for the humanitarian cause, and to commemorate those who have lost their lives while working for humanitarian causes. It is also a day create awareness on humanitarian needs worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in meeting these needs. It marks the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, when 22 humanitarian workers lost their lives, including the UN Special Representative in Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello. World Humanitarian Day is the outcome of the relentless efforts of the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Foundation and his family, with the supports of the Ambassadors of France, Switzerland, Japan and Brazil in both Geneva and New York who helped to table and steer the draft Resolution through the General Assembly.