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World Humanitarian Day observed across globe on August 19
World Humanitarian Day, established in 2009, was observed by the social activists, humanitarian workers, philanthropists and intellectuals across the world on August 19, but in a subdued way. The focus was on the actual work and achievements of humanitarian workers during the year.

The  day was observed 'to pay tribute to all humanitarian personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifices to make the world a better place for all victims of humanitarian crises and as an encouragement to all their serving colleagues to aspire to even greater heights in accomplishing that laudable goal'.

The observance is supported by the American singer Beyonce as well as the UN for the campaigns which are held in many countries around the world. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs supports the observance in organizing events on this day.

An annual Sergio Vieira Mello Award function and a Memorial Lecture are held on this day. Also, a Sergio Vieira de Mello Fellowship is awarded for advocating for the security and independence of humanitarian actors.

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