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World Humanitarian Day 2015

United Nations family and humanitarian partners in Geneva marking World Humanitarian Day on 19 August

Designated to be observed on 19 August, the day in 2003 when 22 colleagues were killed at the United Nations office in Baghdad, World Humanitarian Day holds special significance for our United Nations family. On this day, we come together to pay tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives in humanitarian service, we celebrate the spirit of the survivors and we salute the humanitarians who bring relief to fellow human beings across the world.

This year, the Geneva World Humanitarian Day commemoration includes a debate on the impact of the Sustainable Development Goals on humanitarian work and response. The discussion focus more particularly on the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals reflecting the aspirations and rights of the most vulnerable people. A special commemoration to acknowledge humanitarian workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty was also held, followed by the Sergio Vieira de Mello Award ceremony, which will this year be presented to the Interfaith Peace Platform from the Central African Republic.

The observance concluded with a small reception outside Room XX.

You can click here for the programme and you will find more information on the global campaign at www.worldhumanitarianday.org.

You can view the video coverage here and the photo album here.