ISLAMABAD:The United Nations’ (UN) World Humanitarian Day was observed on Tuesday to honors all humanitarians who worked for the promotion of the humanitarian cause, and those who lost their lives in the cause.
The day aims to increase public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and the importance of international cooperation.
This year’s theme for World Humanitarian Day is: ‘The world needs more’, a campaign to celebrate humanitarian work and raise awareness of the dangers and adversity faced by those on the front line.
To mark World Humanitarian Day 2014, Ban Ki-moon has honoured those killed while providing aid to others in dangerous parts of the world.
In a message the United Nations secretary-general said there was a renewed commitment to life-saving relief efforts, while still remembering those who had died undertaking humanitarian work.
“Last year, more humanitarian workers were kidnapped, seriously injured or killed than ever before. This is an outrage,” he said.
The day aims to honor humanitarian workers who have lost their lives or injured themselves in the course of their work, and to acknowledge the ongoing work of humanitarian staff around the world.
Many communities and organizations try to increase the importance of humanitarians by distributing publicity and information material.
Additionally, some try to speak to the press to help spread these key messages of World Humanitarian Day, while other groups organize public events worldwide that feature humanitarian work.
World Humanitarian Day was established by the General Assembly of the UN in December 2008 and was first observed in August 2009.
The day was launched to mark the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, in which 22 aid workers were killed.