Do your bit: Focus on days highlighting international issues International Days and Observances
World Humanitarian Day
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19 August
World Humanitarian Day 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.

Some of the international observances that are related to this day include:
- World Refugee Day (20 June) - International Day of Peace (21 September)
- International Day for Disaster Reduction ((13 October)
- World Science Day for Peace and Development (10 November)
- International Human Solidarity Day (20 December)
- World Volunteers Day (5 December)

Core Principles


Thematic focus of recent observances of the World Humanitarian Day
  • 2015: Inspiring the World's Humanity

GDRC has been working on themes related to this international day/observance, in the Disaster Risk Reduction section of its programme on Urban Environmental Management.

GDRC therefore reaffirms its committment to uphold the objectives of the World Humanitarian Day, and work towards better understanding of, and action on, highliting the criticality of good humanitarian programmes to reduce the risks from conflicts and disasters that we face.


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