New York, 12 August 2013) Every year on August 19 we remember all those aid workers who have lost their lives while trying to help people in need. We pay tribute to them by raising awareness of humanitarian issues and efforts to help people.
This World Humanitarian Day also marks 10 years since the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad was bombed and 22 UN and aid agency workers were killed.
Last year, the humanitarian community reached more than one billion people globally through the ‘I Was Here’ campaign.
Our goal for 2013 is to harness this amazing worldwide expression of goodwill and do something that has never been done before. The UN and its humanitarian partners are launching a new, ground-breaking campaign called ‘The World Needs More…’ with the aim of turning words into real aid for real people:
“We know that humanitarian needs are growing, and if we are to meet those rising needs we must do things differently…” UN Humanitarian Chief, Valerie Amos