On 19th August 2016 World Humanitarian Day was observed all over the world with the theme ‘One Humanity’. The theme is mainly to explain how our shared human experiences bind us across divides, and create a common responsibility to demand action for the most vulnerable and at risk of being left behind. The World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is observed every year on August 19 to recognize the aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and mobilizes people to advocate for humanitarian action. Events held around the world on 19 August to honor the work of humanitarian workers and to celebrate the theme of ‘One Humanity’. In New York, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the United Nations headquarters, and a high-level event held in the General Assembly Hall.
However, the digital campaign for the World Humanitarian Day 2016 was The World You’d Rather.
What is this day actually?
• World Humanitarian Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as part of a Swedish-sponsored resolution on the Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations.
• 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 in which the then Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello and 21 of his colleagues were killed.