Introduction – World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on August 19 every year to honor humanitarians all around the world. The main purpose of this day is to honor the people who sacrificed their lives for humanitarian welfare in any part of the world. The United Nations General Assembly designated this day as a part of the resolution on the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations. On this day, the United Nations Office decides about a theme that spread awareness all over the world. In the previous year, this theme was dedicated to the aid workers who worked diligently during the Covid-19 pandemic across the world. The United Nations encouraged the people around the world to come together and thanked aid workers for their impressive services to humanity.
In the year 2021, World Humanitarian Day focused on the climate crisis that is dangerous for the existence of human beings. The main objective of this day is to increase pressure on world leaders to take steps for climate change and save thousands of lives of common people all around the world.
History – World Humanitarian Day is observed to remember and honor the Special Representative of the secretary-general to Iraq, Sergio Viera de Mello with 21 aid workers that were killed during the bombing of the UN Headquarters in the city of Baghdad, Iraq on August 19, 2003. After this tragedy, the United Nations General Assembly observed August 19 as World Humanitarian Day in the year 2009.
Significance – This day honors those people who risk their lives to support several humanitarian causes and save thousands of lives in any pandemic or emergency conditions. Most people celebrate this day by honoring the humanitarians or aid workers all around the world. This day also highlighted the sacrifices by health workers that continue for providing medical help to people in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Theme – The United Nations set a theme for spreading awareness that creates the attention of people all around the world for climate crisis. In this year, the theme is concentrated on the severe climate crisis that is harmful to the whole world. As per the official website of the United Nations, the theme of this day is ‘#the HumanRace’ that is a worldwide challenge for climate emergency in solidarity with the people globally. This climate crisis is causing destruction all over the world, which common people and the humanitarian community cannot achieve.