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UN launches World Humanitarian Day campaign #NotATarget
World Humanitarian Day (WHD), dedicated to recognise humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes by the United Nations (UN), is going to be observed by the UN Agencies and Human Rights Group across the globe on August 19.

However, the UN has stated in advance to create awareness for wider participation, "For WHD 2017, humanitarian partners are coming together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget."

The UN deems that through a global online campaign featuring an innovative partnership with Facebook Live, together with events held around the world, people will raise voices to advocate for those most vulnerable in war zones, and demand that world leaders do everything in their power to protect civilians in conflict.

The UN has stated, "Around the world, conflict is exacting a massive toll on people's lives. Trapped in wars that are not of their making, millions of civilians are forced to hide or run for their lives. Children are taken out of school, families are displaced from their homes, and communities are torn apart, while the world is not doing enough to stop their suffering. At the same time, health and aid workers – who risk their lives to care for people affected by violence – are increasingly being targeted."

The WHD was designated by the United Nations General Assembly for Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations. The observance is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.

The UN Secretary-General's report on protection of civilians, which was launched earlier this year, has stressed 'path to protection' and given a call for enhanced respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, and protection of civilians, including humanitarian and medical workers as well as civilian infrastructure.

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