World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is celebrated annually on 19th August to pay tribute to all humanitarian activist who have worked relentlessly day and night in service to the humanitarian cause, to honor those who have lost their lives in their service, and to garner support for those who are affected by numerous crises all around the globe.
Why we celebrate world humanitarian day?
The day was designated in the adoption of the General Assembly Resolution A/63/L.49 on 11 December 2008, which was drafted by the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Foundation and the Ambassadors of France, Brazil, Japan and Switzerland.
It focuses on “Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Humanitarian Assistance of the United Nations”
The day also marks the 15th anniversary since the tragic bombing at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq that killed Sérgio Vieira de Mello, the then Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq and 21 of his other colleagues.
He was buried at the Cimetière des Rois in Geneva, Switzerland.
The late Sérgio Vieira de Mello has worked for the UN for more than 34 years and has served in one of the most challenging humanitarian crises to reach out towards the weak and voiceless and bring awareness to the plights they experienced. There are some UN members who would think Sergio is a suitable candidate for the UN Secretary-General.
In honor of Sérgio Vieira de Mello memory, contribution and continuing his unfinished mission, his family members and friends founded the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation in 2006.
The Foundation continues to work closely with the United Nations, Non-Governmental Organizations, International Organizations, and governments to make the observance of WHD to be meaningful.
WHD 2018: #NotATarget
World Humanitarian Day was first commemorated at 19 August 2009. Then in the following years, there is a different theme that is selected to be focused on. The theme for this years WHD is #NotATarget.
Every day, millions of civilians in poor, war-torn countries are affected by armed conflict and many of them are driven out of their homes as the fighting gets out of hand.
They are also struggling to get basic needs such as food, water, and shelter. Vulnerable groups such as women are abused and oppressed while the children are recruited as a child soldier to join the fight.
Humanitarian workers provide life-saving assistance to treat the wounded and sick and provide basic necessities to those who are affected, they are often targeted as threats by the aggressors.
With deliberate violent attacks are done towards the humanitarian personnel and facilities, they are prevented from providing relief and care for those who need it the most and even causes death.
There is a need for a call to action from the Government, Political Leaders, International Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations join the #NotATarget movement by adopting preventive measures and effective responses towards acts of violence committed against the civilians population and humanitarian personnel.
The enforcement of International and National laws in bringing the ones who are responsible for the attacks to Justice are also crucial. This ensures the humanitarian agencies and personnel are able to operate at full capacity to perform their task of assisting the affected civilians population.
In commemoration to this day, as our way sharing a good cause, we are offering a 31% OFF ALL STARTER PACK in the Flexiroam Online Store with the Promo Code WECARE.
Follow us on: