World Humanitarian Day 2017

Geneva, 19. August 2017

World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who have risked and lost their lives in humanitarian service. The Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 to coincide with the date of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. Each year, World Humanitarian Day focuses on a theme, bringing together stakeholders from across the humanitarian system to advocate for survival, well-being, and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.

This year, under the hashtag #NOTATARGET the U.N. and its partners are focusing on the importance to protect innocent civilians, children, sexual violence victims, health and aid workers who become the victims through being caught in conflict and to demand world leaders to protect them. Today it is more important than ever, after the last episode in Central African Republic where 6 Red Cross volunteers have lost their lives while trying to alleviate the suffering of crises affected people.

You can watch a film and sign petition on World Humanitarian Day website to come together in solidarity with the millions of people caught in armed conflict.

JOIN’s members are delivering a valuable humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable populations in many countries. Johanniter International Assistance Germany plays an important role by providing emergency aid to refugees all across the world. Many JOIN’s members are also implementing programmes at international level in order to help people in need.