World Humanitarian Day: 19 August

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is observed globally on 19th August every year. This day is celebrated to pay tribute to humanitarian personnel and those workers who lost or risked their lives while doing humanitarian service. This year is the 11th edition of World Humanitarian Day.

On 19th August 2020, a global campaign with #RealLifeHeroes is going to happen to celebrate humanitarians with a THANK YOU for committing their lives in helping other people during difficult circumstances without knowing the risk and unpopularity for these deeds. This year World Humanitarian Day comes as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic over recent months. Aid workers are overcoming unprecedented access hurdles to assist people in humanitarian crises in 54 countries, as well as in a further nine countries which have been catapulted into humanitarian need by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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History of World Humanitarian Day:

On 19 August 2003, a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq took place in which 22 people were killed brutally and among these ones was the chief humanitarian in Iraq. In 2009, the UN General Assembly announced this day as World Humanitarian Day in remembrance of the bomb attack.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of WHO: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Director-general of WHO: Tedros Adhanom.

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