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World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day 2020, 2021 and 2022

The UN and many participating nations around the world mark World Humanitarian Day every 19 August. The day is a time to remember both the victims of humanitarian crises all around the world and those who fearlessly venture into dangerous regions to bring them much-needed aid.

YearDateDayHoliday
202019 AugWedWorld Humanitarian Day
202119 AugThuWorld Humanitarian Day
202219 AugFriWorld Humanitarian Day
202319 AugSatWorld Humanitarian Day
202419 AugMonWorld Humanitarian Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The date was chosen because that was the day in 2003 when the UN Headquarters in Baghdad was bombed, killing well known humanitarian leader Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others. After a concerted effort by the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation, the proposal for World Humanitarian Day made its way successfully through the UN Assembly.

Each year, the UN will highlight certain specific humanitarian crises around the world and the brave people who risk their lives in bringing food, medicine, and other aid to people in need.

Additionally, there are global social media campaigns on and near World Humanitarian Day to create public awareness.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
201919 AugMonWorld Humanitarian Day
201819 AugSunWorld Humanitarian Day
201719 AugSatWorld Humanitarian Day