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Logo for the 2022 Observance of the World Humanitarian Day

Join us on Friday 19 August 2022

Official ceremony at UN Geneva

Friday, 19 August 2022 at 3.00 p.m.
Palais des Nations
Outside the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room
Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor, Door 40

The event will be webcast live at https://webtv.un.org

Geneva programme

Illustration of a family in front of a tent and a circle of hands around them

15:00 Opening of the event:

  • MASTER OF CEREMONY: Ms. Alessandra Vellucci, Director of the United Nations Information Service

    Laying of flowers by the survivors and families of the victims of the attacks against the United
    Nations Offices in Baghdad on 19 August 2003

    Laying of flowers by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations
    Office and other international organizations in Geneva

  • Wreath laying and candle lightning ceremony
    by Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, and Ms. Michelle Bachelet,
    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

  • Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, UN Office at Geneva

  • Minute of silence

  • Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

  • Mr. Bradford C. Smith, Executive Secretary of UNOG Staff Union

  • His Excellency Mr. Abdul-Karim Hashim Mostafa, Permanent Representative of the Republic of
    Iraq to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

  • Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of Coordination Division and Head of OCHA Geneva

15:45 approx. Conclusion of the event

 

Join us for our World Humanitarian Day event which will be webcast live from UNOG to a global audience from outside Room XX.

Designated by the General Assembly to be observed on 19 August - the day when 22 colleagues were killed at the United Nations Office in Baghdad, World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to honour the thousands of aid workers who continue to provide much needed support to people suffering from conflicts or disasters across the world. As the world’s humanitarian capital, Geneva plays a central role in bringing together partners to ensure an effective humanitarian response.

The Geneva World Humanitarian Day commemoration is organized in collaboration with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The solemn ceremony will be organized on 19 August 2022 at 3.00 p.m., outside Room XX. Please register your participation on Indico by following this link: https://indico.un.org/event/1002252/ . It will also be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org. Due to the setup, no interpretation will be provided, however the speakers will address the event in either English or French. You will find attached to this invitation the programme of the ceremony. Due to COVID-19, the wearing of masks is strongly recommended in all public areas of UNOG. For any queries, please contact unog.political@un.org.

We also encourage you to be part of the 2022 World Humanitarian Day global campaign #ItTakesAVillage, which aims to go back to the day’s original intent to show the importance, effectiveness, and positive impact of humanitarian work. There is an African saying: “it takes a village to raise a child”. Similarly, it takes solidarity to support a person in a humanitarian crisis. World Humanitarian Day 2022 builds on this metaphor of collective action to increase global appreciation of humanitarian work.

The commemoration of World Humanitarian Day is a highlight in the agenda of International Geneva. Ms. Tatiana Valovaya looks forward to your participation which will send a strong signal of support, demonstrating our collective commitment to the humanitarian cause.

 

#ITTAKESAVILLAGE

Theres is a saying that goes:
it takes a village to raise a child.

Similarly, it takes a village to support a person in a humanitarian crisis.

An entire humanitarian community, made up of local volunteers. emergency services, NGOs, the Red Cross/Crescent and the UN, is their support network, providing urgent health care, shelter, food, protection, water, livelihoods and much more.

And these teams work all over the world helping millions of people every day.

WHD 2022 builds on this metaphor of collective endeavour to grow global appreciation of humanitarian work.

World Humanitarian Day 2022