World Humanitarian Day 2017 Wrap-up
World Humanitarian Day is marked every year on 19 August to honour and remember aid workers who have been killed on the front lines of crises.
This year, humanitarian partners came together to reaffirm that civilians trapped in conflict are #NotATarget. Through events held around the world, an innovative online campaign and a global petition, the humanitarian community advocated for the most vulnerable people in war zones and demanded that world leaders do everything in their power to protect civilians.
Here is a wrap-up of the day:
WHD Events Around the Globe
‘Stand together’ events were organized worldwide, where people gathered to show their solidarity with civilians caught in conflict, including aid workers and health workers. At UN Headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres led a ‘stand together’ with UN staff and supporters, during which he called for action for the protection of civilians:
“On this day, we also take a moment to honour the brave health and aid workers who are targeted or obstructed as they set out to help people in need, and pay tribute to the Government employees and representatives of international organizations and agencies who risk their daily lives to provide humanitarian aid.”
Following the ‘stand together’, an event was held in New York’s iconic Times Square, featuring discussions and calls to action by aid workers, photojournalists and celebrity advocates.
Events were organized in more than 25 countries and regions across the world including Brazil, Chad, Japan, Mali, the Philippines, South Sudan, Switzerland, Ukraine and Yemen.
#NotATarget on social media
As part of a unique collaboration with Facebook, OCHA launched a brand-new Facebook Live filter. This allows users to step into the shoes of conflict-affected people by reading their stories.
Across social networks, humanitarians, influencers, and celebrities shared #NotATarget messages in solidarity with civilians caught in conflict:
Take action: Sign the petition
Sign the #NotATarget petition, demanding that world leaders take more action to protect civilians. The petition will be delivered to the United Nations during the 72nd session of the General Assembly, held in September.
By signing, you are making your voice heard and standing together with millions of civilians trapped in conflict.