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World Humanitarian Day 2022

The 14th observation of World Humanitarian Day is on 19th August 2022 to commemorate the work of all Humanitarian workers who lost lives in the course of their work. This day also pays tribute to the people who are working for the welfare of humanity.

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Meanings of Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day means a universally acknowledged day in a calendar year i.e. 19th of August that specifically focuses not just upon Human Rights but also on the rights of Humanitarian Workers. The UN globally observes Human Rights yet it requires Human Aid to offer its services to the underprivileged community of the world. Therefore, the meaning of World Humanitarian Day is the admission of the services of these Human Rights Workers around the world and also providing assistance and protection to them.

World Humanitarian Day, 2022 Theme

The metaphoric theme of the Day

This year, the UN has decided to metaphorically associate this day with the upbringing of a child. “It takes a Village” from English Idiom “It takes a village to Raise a child”, has been used for the theme of 2022. As a little child needs utmost effort and care to be brought up and the process engages the entire home, the service of humanity also requires the whole world to share its role. This slogan also points towards the world as a “Global Village” and we humans as its inhabitants. Thus, the entire Global village has to care about their new child, “humanity & humanitarian workers”. It urges all to take part in the service of humanity and raises voices for the appreciation of humanitarian workers. The world comprises of two types of people. Those who need help and the others who help them. Every society is based upon this balance where a helping hand also needs help in times of need.

Let us join hands to turn this Global village into a Humanitarian village. Only a collaborative activity can raise this humanitarian child. We can avoid and mitigate the probability of crises by providing a level field to the volunteers who are aiding us during the crises. Let’s do it together as it will take a global village to raise human beings together.

This theme again recalls and declares the Human Rights workers as heroes. These heroes are not the ones who are portrayed in fictions, stories and films nor they are the ones who believe in achieving their own goals. These real-life heroes are the people who despite all odds, serve humanity.

Why We Celebrate World Humanitarian Day?

Global Humanitarian overview by the United Nations suggested that in 2021, 235 million people needed Human assistance and protection. The UN estimated that it could help 160 million most devastated people in the 56 countries which might cost $35. Similarly, the UN statistics also revealed that certain incidents posed a threat to the survival and security of the Human Aid/rights workers. On 16th December 2019, the General Assembly of the UN took a notice of 2018’s 1503 cases of the killing, injury, abduction, assault, arrest, detention, harassment and intimidation of Human Rights Personnel and passed a resolution to safeguard against these practices.  The Human Rights Council then decided to honor aid workers as well as the volunteer workers who work for humanity. The Council vindicated that these Human Rights Workers also possess humanitarian rights which they sacrifice for the sake of humanity. Hence, to memorize the sacrifices of Humanitarian/Aid Workers by observing this day, we also encourage the people who are still actively working for humanity in any part of the world.

History and Background

The reason for designating the 19th of August as World Humanitarian Day is linked with an incident that occurred on this day in 2003. A bomb attack on Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq killed Chief Humanitarian Sergio Vieira de Mello alongside 22 other people. This incident increased the concern of global watchdogs about the survival and security of Human Rights Workers. In its 28th Session in Geneva on 8th to 12th August 2009, the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Council unanimously declared the 19th August as the “World Humanitarian Day” Thus, this Day historically attaches itself to the incident that took place in 2003.

Activities for the Celebration of World Humanitarian Day

  • Promulgate the importance of Humanitarian Day on social media by highlighting the major human issues.
  • Climate change and infectious diseases like Covid-19 have restricted that community to themselves. Arrange an awareness walk to counter these human crises together.
  • Show solidarity with the human rights workers by conducting seminars in their support.
  • Organize large-scale fundraising on this day to help the underprivileged communities around you.
  • Initiate and run the social media trends to instigate the world leaders for collaborative action for humanity and the protection of Human Rights workers.
  • Use this year’s theme of “real-life heroes” and carry posters and banners that should encourage the inclusion of volunteers in this workers’ setup.
  • The year 2022’s World Humanitarian Day must also bring forward those voices that remained un listened due to non-access.

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