World Humanitarian Day
A Look at the History
It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as part of a Swedish-sponsored GA Resolution in 2008. It is celebrated annually on August 19, a day that commemorates the 2003 bombing of the UN Headquarters in Iraq.
The Foundation is dedicated to supporting initiatives and efforts to promote dialogue for peaceful reconciliation and co-existence between peoples and communities divided by conflict through an annual Sergio Vieira Mello Award, an Annual Sergio Vieira Mello Memorial Lecture, a Sergio Vieira de Mello Fellowship and advocating for the security and independence of humanitarian actors, wherever they may be operating and whomever they may be operating for
Things To Do on this Day
Donate to MedShare International. It recycles surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals and clinics and redistributes them to health care facilities in nations in need.
Watch a movie about humanitarian work. Some suggestions are: Hotel Rwanda (2004), The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008), Beyond the Call (2006), Selma(2015), and the Normal Heart (2014).
Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #WorldHumanitarianDay, #WHD and #Humanitarianwork.
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