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19 August: World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day commemorates the day in 2003 when 22 people lost their lives in an attack on the UN offices in Baghdad.

The day was established to recognize aid workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty; it also celebrates the passion of humanitarian work.

Each year on 19 August, the UN family and the world come together to mark World Humanitarian Day. As a key platform for UN humanitarian work, marking the day in Geneva is particularly significant.

The 2013 commemoration in Geneva, organized jointly by the United Nations Office at Geneva and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in association with humanitarian partners in Geneva, was held at the Palais des Nations and marked the 10th anniversary of the Baghdad attacks.

The event included a wreath-laying ceremony at the commemorative plaque for the victims of the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing, followed by a global ceremony led by the Secretary-General at United Nations Headquarters and broadcast via video link.

Photos from the event can be found on Facebook and Flickr.

Last year, together with campaign Ambassador Beyoncé, over 1 billion people were reached worldwide with the message of people helping people. This year the aim is to build on that groundswell of support and turn words into action through ‘The world needs more….’ campaign.

For further information on the global celebration of World Humanitarian day, please visit the official website at www.worldhumanitarianday.org.

You can also follow the campaign on Twitter at #WHD2013 or #theworldneedsmore.