Advocacy - Thematic campaigns

OCHA helps raise awareness of important humanitarian issues. It produces illustrative materials, provides specialized support to broader campaigns, and communicates with audiences through national, international and social media.

World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day raises awareness of what it means to be a humanitarian aid worker. It explains what these individuals do, the principles guiding all humanitarians and the hazards they face in their work. The General Assembly tasked OCHA to organize events to mark the day, which coincides with the anniversary of the bombing of United Nations premises in Baghdad in 2003. Therefore, the day also honours humanitarian aid workers who have been killed or injured in the course of their work. In 2010, the theme was ‘I am a humanitarian’. (more)


Internal Displacement

When people are forced from their homes but remain within their own country, they are known as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The United Nations Secretary-General has described internal displacement as one of the world’s greatest humanitarian challenges. The Emergency Relief Coordinator has a central role in coordinating IDPs' protection and assistance. This includes speaking out to Member States, donors and the media to ensure IDPs' rights are respected and their needs met. (more)


Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

OCHA has developed a public service announcement called "Stop Rape Now". This is part of the Secretary-General’s United Nations Action campaign, which highlights the sexual and gender-based violence concerns prevalent in many humanitarian situations. The campaign calls for the elimination of rape as a weapon of war, and provides a strong platform for the work of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. (more)


Climate Change

The humanitarian impact of climate change is just one of the global challenges facing the world that OCHA responds to. Leading up to the 2009 United Nations climate change conference, OCHA and other United Nations and NGO partners worked closely to highlight the urgent need for the world community to deal with the challenges already affecting some of the poorest and vulnerable people in risk-prone countries. The Emergency Relief Coordinator’s message continues to be relevant: that any agreement on climate change adaptation must include disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness measures. (more)