HSH Celebrates World Humanitarian Day

August 18, 2021

World Humanitarian Day, formalized in 2009, recognizes those who died while working for humanitarian causes. Honored each year on August 19, it was created in memory of the 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, that killed over 20 humanitarians, including the United Nation’s (UN’s) chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

While the theme for World Humanitarian Day changes yearly, the goal is always to “advocate for the survival, well-being, and dignity of all people affected by crises.” The theme for 2021 is climate change, with a focus on convincing world leaders on the impact of humans on the climate crisis.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is challenging the world to join #theHumanRace against the climate crisis clock. Each person can take actions that count toward carrying the message to world leaders at November’s UN Climate Change Conference. HSH invites you to run, roll, ride, walk, swim, kick, or hit a ball to join in this year’s World Humanitarian Day race. Complete 100 minutes of activity before August 31 in the global action to show solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable people, those who are most impacted by climate change.

Learn more about World Humanitarian Day.

Click here to join the challenge.


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