World Humanitarian Day (WHD) observed on August 19

Highlights:

  • World Humanitarian Day was observed on August 19, 2022. 
  • Every year, WHD is celebrated under a specific theme. 
  • According to the United Nations, the theme for this year is ”to show the importance, effectiveness, and positive impact of humanitarian work”.
  • This day focuses on boosting up the global action in order to combat climate change and stand in solidarity with the vulnerable populations.
  • On the occasion, the United Nations has urged the people, especially social media users, to mark the day by showing their solidarity for vulnerable populations.
  • UN urged social media user to run, ride, swim, walk and do any activity of their choice for 100 minutes in between August 16 to August 31.
  • UN further asked the users to tell the leaders across world that they expect developed countries to deliver on their pledge of $100 billion in order to do climate mitigation and adaptation across developing countries.
World Humanitarian Day: A Fact File
  • It is an international day which is observed to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who lost their lives while working for humanitarian causes. 
  • The day is observed to honour all those who chose a difficult life to serve, despite the odds and those who are trapped in challenging circumstances worldwide. 
  • It pays tribute to humanitarian workers who were killed and injured. 
  • On the day, all aid and health workers are honoured who continue to provide life-saving support and protection to needy people.