World Humanitarian Day: The world needs more…

19 August 2014, Harare - On World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations in Zimbabwe joins the world to honour the heroic aid workers who rush bravely to help people in need. As the UN Secretary General stated in his message for the day, “We remember the sacrifices of aid workers and their families, and recognize the millions of people who count on humanitarian workers for their very survival.”

World Humanitarian Day, designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.

This year the UN and its humanitarian partners continue their ground-breaking campaign called “The world needs more…” which is the first-of-its-kind project that turns words into aid.

In Zimbabwe, owing to the general improvement of the humanitarian situation in the country, the United Nations supports national Disaster Risk Management, prevention and response capacities through strengthening national institutions. In addition, UN activities are geared towards building improved resilience in areas related to food and nutrition security by supporting the recently approved food and nutrition security policy. 

Highlighting the global campaign, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, in his statement for the day said, “Attacks on humanitarian workers hinder the ability of people in desperate need to receive lifesaving assistance. Children go unvaccinated. Sick and wounded patients go untreated. Those forced from their homes are left without food, water or shelter – exposed to violence, disease or other threats.”

To get involved and to learn more about the global campaign visit: www.worldhumanitarianday.org