Celebrating World Humanitarian Day
On this day, World Humanitarian Day, the Humanitarian Coalition pays tribute to all humanitarian aid workers around the world.
World Humanitarian Day is an occasion to celebrate and remember the tireless work performed by aid workers in difficult, sometimes dangerous, situations. It also highlights the important role international cooperation plays in responding to humanitarian crises. The Humanitarian Coalition, with its joint appeal mechanism, is a good example of agencies coming together to collaborate, pool resources, and mount timely responses when disasters strike.
To mark World Humanitarian Day, the Humanitarian Coalition is rolling out a series of factsheets describing the different aspects of humanitarian assistance. Starting today, one new factsheet will be posted to our website every day for the next week. Topics will include the difference between development and humanitarian work, the definition of a crisis, and an overview of the global humanitarian system.
We invite you to see these factsheets at HC Info Portal
World Humanitarian Day was created by the UN General Assembly in 2008 in memory of UN Special Envoy to Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other people killed in a terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad, in 2003.
About the HUMANITARIAN COALITION
The Humanitarian Coalition is a joint appeal mechanism. It is comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children. With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. We work together to eliminate unnecessary competition, reduce the duplication of fundraising costs, and inform the public on humanitarian needs. Follow us on and .