workers, aid providers — are the messengers, which we aim to demonstrate their solidarity with the disadvantaged. They represent the very best that there is in human nature. But their work is dangerous.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The UN General Assembly declared on August 19 World Day of humanitarian aid (World Humanitarian Day) its resolution of December 11 in 2008. By entering this date in calendar, the United Nations designated task — to raise awareness about the delivery of humanitarian aid in the world. In addition, the establishment of Humanitarian Day reminds us of the importance of international cooperation in this field, and also pays tribute to all those who have worked and continue to work in it.
According to experts, over the past decade has markedly increased the ability of the humanitarian community quickly and effectively to the various crises and disasters caused by natural or human factors, as well as to anticipate them. This happened largely due to the dedicated work of many thousands of people who choose to work in the field of humanitarian aid. Their work — this is a graphic illustration of the fact that the needy should and can be provided regardless of religion, race or gender, is emphasized in the UN resolution.
On World Humanitarian Day, held a variety of informational and educational events. Also, on this day the world community remembers the people who lost their lives to save others. One of them — an employee of the United Nations, Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in an explosion in Baghdad hotel. It happened on August 19, 2003 — and in honor of this sad event, the date selected for the World Humanitarian Day.