It is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others and aiming for people to spread a message of support and to increase public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and the importance of international cooperation.
The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the
Anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad‚ Iraq‚ which killed 22 UN staff.
Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the
world‚ regardless of who they are and where they are. World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people. Many communities and organizations try to increase the importance of humanitarians by distributing publicity and information material.
The total number of people affected by natural disasters has risen over the past decade‚ and about 211 million people are directly affected each year. Women and children are especially affected because of their ongoing struggles with poverty‚ insecurity‚ hunger‚ poor health and environmental decline.