World Humanitarian Day

19 August 2013


About World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.

19 August, 2013 marks 10 years since that tragic event, which claimed 22 lives. This year, the international community will pause to remember those who died, as well as the dozens of aid workers, who have died in the years since.

But World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.

This year the UN and its humanitarian partners are launching a ground-breaking campaign called The world needs more… This is a first-of-its-kind project that will quite literally turn words into aid.

#TheWorldNeedsMore and #Choices

To 'turn words into aid', UNFPA promotes the word #choices for this year's World Humanitarian Day. Every tweet that mentions both hashtags, #TheWorldNeedsMore and #choices, will raise one dollar in the name of UNFPA to support the most under-funded humanitarian crises in the world.