Increasing public awareness about humanitarian activities and giving special recognition to humanitarian workers.
In an effort to raise public awareness of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations General Assembly designated 19 August as World Humanitarian Day. The day, inaugurated in 2009, honours those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions.
The date was chosen because it represents the anniversary of a brutal attack which destroyed the United Nations (UN) headquarters in Iraq on in 2003, killing 22 people from the UN and the humanitarian community and injuring hundreds more.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the day ‘is meant to shine a spotlight on people in need, to ensure they receive the assistance they deserve.’