Today Marks World Humanitarian Day


World Humanitarian DayToday, and for a full month, the world will remember the humanitarians and aid workers who work tirelessly around the globe to better the lives of others. Being an aid worker is often a thankless job and a dangerous one to boot. Today marks a day to solemnly remember all of those who have given their lives to make the world a better place such as the 14 people who died in Somalia this June after the horrendous attack on the UN compound in Mogadishu.

Today also marks the tenth anniversary of the first World Humanitarian Day that was designated in 2003 by the General Assembly to remember the bombing that year of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq that took the lives of 22 humanitarians.

Watch this year’s official message.

This year, while we remember those who have lost their lives, it is also a time to spread the message about what the world needs more of in a one-of-a-kind, month-long digital campaign that quite literally turns words into action. On Twitter you can share what you think the world needs more of. Here’s how:

Visit worldhumanitarianday.org.

Scroll down until you see trending words to click and share. What do you think the world needs more of? Here’s our tweet:

For every word you share on Twitter, one of the World Humanitarian Day sponsors, including Western Union, Gucci, Intel, and Barclays Bank, will donate money to aid organizations like Care and UNICEF.

Beyoncé and Kid President

Following her stellar performance at the UN General Assembly Hall last year and subsequent video for I Was Here that reached 1 billion people,
Beyoncé once again lent her voice to a worthy cause, this time with the now-famous Kid President who interviewed her about what World Humanitarian Day means to her.

For more information visit worldhumanitarianday.org.

Photo Credit: Marshall Douglis

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