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On World Humanitarian Day, we renew our commitment to life-saving relief efforts: UN chief
World Humanitarian Day is being observed across the globe today. According to a UN news release, UN Secretary-General's Message World Humanitarian Day-2014 said, "On World Humanitarian Day, we renew our commitment to life-saving relief efforts - and we remember all those who died serving this noble cause. Last year, more humanitarian workers were kidnapped, seriously injured or killed than ever before. This is an outrage. In recent weeks, dozens of humanitarians -- including members of the UN family - have lost their lives in South Sudan and Gaza. Too many people have died or suffered from deliberate attacks."

Ban Ki-moon urges people in his message, "Let us honour the fallen by protecting those who carry on their work ? and supporting humanitarian relief operations worldwide."

"Attacks on humanitarian workers hinder the ability of people in desperate need to receive lifesaving assistance.Children go unvaccinated. Sick and wounded patients go untreated. Those forced from their homes are left without food, water or shelter ? exposed to violence, disease or other threats," added Ban while remembering sacrifices of humanitarian workers.

Each year, UN-designated World Humanitarian Day is observed on August 19 celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe as well as recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others.

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