Following three decades of conflict, frequent natural disasters and severe poverty, Afghanistan remains in the grip of a humanitarian emergency. Providing assistance in such a complex environment poses major challenges for aid workers, who risk their lives daily to provide assistance to millions of people in need.
Istanbul, the city on two continents, will be the host of an inspiring and engaging public exhibition to celebrate World Humanitarian Day 2015.
On August 19th, representatives from the Turkish government, private sector, civil society, United Nations and above all people affected by crisis and conflict will stand together to shine a spotlight on humanitarian issues.
Through photographs, video and art we will tell the stories of the men, women and children forced to flee from their homes, who found refuge in Turkey.
Jointly supported by the Government of China, Communication University of China and other Chinese partners, World Humanitarian Day celebration and a panel discussion will be held in Beijing on 19 August.
The Governments of Italy and Switzerland , the United Nations World Food Programme and OCHA are hosting a joint event on World Humanitarian Day at EXPO Milano 2015. The spirit of World Humanitarian Day celebrations in Milan will be one of solidarity with all the individuals and humanitarian organizations around the world celebrating this day and will complement the EXPO theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” The event includes an official WHD ceremony, a parade in the spirit of worldwide humanitarian solidarity and an interactive, high-level discussion on ending hunger, which will include speakers such as Barbara Noseworthy, Assistant Executive Director of WFP, Rashid Khalikov, Director of OCHA Geneva, Ambassador Manuel Bessler, Delegate for Humanitarian Aid and Head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit and Cornelis Wittebrood, DG ECHO Head of Unit for East, West and Southern Africa, among others. Throughout the Expo will be multimedia exhibits showcasing humanitarian action. Invitations will be issued to NGOs at the Expo, students from University of Lugano, UN Expo Commissioners, Heads of UN missions in Geneva, Ambassadors, and key members of the Italian MOFA and the Swiss Govt residing in Italy.
This year’s WHD event in Geneva will build on last year’s event held at the Palais des Nations. The event on 19 August will be led by the Director-General of UNOG and include a high-level panel discussion by senior leaders of humanitarian organizations, followed by an award ceremony by the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Foundation.
To officially launch the 2015 World Humanitarian Day global social media campaign an event is planned on the evening of 18 August at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The theme for this year's campaign is "Inspiring the World's Humanity" and the hashtag for the global digital campaign is #ShareHumanity. The campaign asks celebrities and the public to share their social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to give voice to and amplify real humanitarian stories of survival, resilience and hope from around the world.
This year's World Humanitarian Day event will bring Member States, humanitarian workers, media and celebrities together. Through stories, films, speeches and the power of music, the event will inspire people to demand greater global humanity and support for humanitarian action, and will create a build up to the World Humanitarian Summit by generating awareness and support.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Stephen O'Brien will speak. A special addresse will be delivered by Ms. Nima Elbagir, Senior Foreign Correspondent of CNN. The event will also feature musical performances by Juanes, Colombian singer and peace activist, Inna Modja, Malian singer and women's rights activist and Cody Simpson, Australian popstar and humanitarian activist.