According to the UN, the observance is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe and a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others.
"Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people, regardless of who they are and where they live. Humanitarian aid workers often risk their safety and sometimes lose their lives in the pursuit of helping the most vulnerable people around the world," observes the UN.
According the UN, WHD was designated by the UN General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 UN staff. The designation of 19 August WHD is the outcome of the relentless efforts of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation and his family.
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