World Humanitarian Day on 19 August is a day dedicated to recognizing humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It marks the day on which the then Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and 21 of his colleagues were killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad.
Every year since then, the humanitarian community has organized global campaigns to commemorate World Humanitarian Day, advocating for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises.
In the Pacific, World Humanitarian Day was commemorated with the launch of a photo exhibition profiling Pacific humanitarian heroes. View the photos by clicking on the image below.