World Humanitarian Day 2017

World Humanitarian Day 2017

Issued: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:47:00 BST

Saturday 19 August 2017 marks World Humanitarian Day (WHD) 2017.  

On 19 August 2003, a terrorist attack hit the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22 people, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq. Five years later, the General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day.

Every year since then, the humanitarian community has organized global campaigns to commemorate WHD, advocating for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises.

WHD 2017

For WHD 2017, humanitarian partners are coming together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget.

This campaign follows on from the UN Secretary-General’s report on the protection of civilians, published in May of this year, and laid out a ‘path to protection’ calling for enhanced respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, and protection of civilians, including humanitarian and medical workers as well as civilian infrastructure.

Through a global online campaign of worldwide events, and for the first time, an innovative partnership with Facebook Live, the campaign advocates for those most vulnerable in war zones, demanding that world leaders do everything their power to protect civilians in conflict.

For more information, search #NotATarget on Twitter or visit

Our Diversity Calendar

Our Diversity Calendar highlights the date for World Humanitarian Day, along with a range of other key University dates and many cultural and religious festivals, and is a fantastic resource to help enhance your awareness and understanding of cultural and religious differences and traditions, and as a reference tool when organising your own event dates.

Download our Diversity Calendar on our Equality and Diversity webpages - we hope you find it useful and enlightening throughout the remainder of 2017!

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