(Baghdad, 19 August 2020) I am honored to mark World Humanitarian Day as one of my first acts as the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. The commemoration has special significance here, as World Humanitarian Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in memory of the attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad at the Canal Hotel on 19 August 2003. Many colleagues lost their lives that day, as they worked to support the Iraqi people in a time of crisis.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 18:56

Iraq | World Humanitarian Day (19 August 2020)

World Humanitarian Day on 19 August of every year honours the humanitarian workers who have given up their lives in the service of peace and humanity. It is the 17th anniversary of the truck bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad in which 22 colleagues, including Special Envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello, were killed and more than 150 wounded.

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On World Humanitarian Day we honour the work of humanitarians who overcome huge challenges to save and improve the lives of millions of people.

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On World Humanitarian Day we honour the work of humanitarians who overcome huge challenges to save and improve the lives of millions of people.

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Humanitarian Day is celebrated around the world. It's the Day that we remember how many people require humanitarian assistance in Iraq and all of the other countries of the world. And it's the Day that we celebrate and honour the humanitarian workers who provide assistance to people who need it the most.

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A terrorist attack on the United Nations Headquarters in ‎Baghdad, Iraq, on 19 August 2003, claimed the lives of 22 people.

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World Humanitarian Day storytelling campaign calls for greater sense of global citizenship using the power of social media

(New York, 13 August 2015) – The social media pages of millions of people around the world will look drastically different over the coming days following today’s launch of #ShareHumanity, a global digital storytelling campaign designed by the United Nations and partners to mark World Humanitarian Day 2015.

On World Humanitarian Day, the UN Iraq Renews its Commitment to Relieve the Plight of the Displaced

Baghdad, 19 August 2014 – “Today, 19 August, as we remember our fallen colleagues who perished in an attack on the UN Headquarters in Baghdad 11 years ago, we must also pay tribute to the countless national and international humanitarian workers in Iraq who continue to face danger and adversity to bring lifesaving assistance to those in need, and remember their sacrifices”, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov said.

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