World Humanitarian Day 2014 - “Messengers of Humanity” (Geneva Commemoration)
Designated to be observed on 19 August as the day when 22 colleagues were killed at the United Nations office in Baghdad, World Humanitarian Day holds special significance for our United Nations family and our humanitarian partners. On this day, we come together to pay tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives in humanitarian service, we celebrate the spirit of survivors and we salute the humanitarians who bring relief to fellow human beings across the world.
This year, the Geneva World Humanitarian Day commemoration will include films on the United Nations’ humanitarian work, an interactive, high-level debate in the context of the global campaign entitled “Messengers of Humanity” that is focused on how each individual in different contexts can act as a humanitarian, followed by a solemn commemoration outside Room XX with the unveiling of a plaque with the names of the victims of the bombing of the United Nations offices in Algiers on 11 December 2007. The event concludes with a small reception outside Room XX.
For more information on the global World Humanitarian Day campaign and to sign up as a “Messenger of Humanity”, visit www.worldhumanitarian day.org.
You can also follow the day on Twitter @UNGeneva, @UNOG_DG and @UNOGPolitical, and through the hash tags #WHDGeneva and #HumanitarianHeroes.
You are encouraged to invite other colleagues and friends to take part in this moment of reflection and sharing, and participants without a valid access badge for the Palais des Nations can contact email@example.com.
*includes the screening of short films entitled “Voices from the Field”
Moderator: Dr. Rick Brennan, Director World Health Organization
Ambassador William L. Swing, Director General, IOM
Ms. Barbara Jackson, Humanitarian Director, Care International
Mr. Lokiru Matendo Yohana, Programme Officer for East and
Horn of Africa and Climate Change, Lutheran World Federation