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World Humanitarian Day

Assaults On Aid Workers Have Spiked 66 Percent Since 2012: Survey

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

A survey released on the eve of World Humanitarian Day shows a dramatic increase in the number of attacks on civilian aid workers around the globe. ...

World Humanitarian Day: Recognizing Those Who Push Through Daily Obstacles to Deliver Aid

Sandra Black | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Sandra Black

World Humanitarian Day on August 19 is an opportunity to realize that our humanitarian activities, which start to feel routine, have enormous significance for those receiving assistance.

Humanitarians Shouldn't Have to Risk Their Own Lives in Order to Save Others

Valerie Amos | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Valerie Amos

This year on World Humanitarian Day, we are calling on all governments to live up to their commitments to protect humanitarian staff and hold accountable those who attack them.

Providing Humanitarian Assistance During Unprecedented Times

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Konyndyk

Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to commemorate the fallen relief workers who died in the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, as well as the thousands of others who have given their lives to help those in need.

WATCH LIVE: HuffPost Live Hosts World Humanitarian Day Panel At UN

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.18.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

HuffPost Live host Alyona Minkovski will host a World Humanitarian Day panel discussion at the U.N., which is expected to kick off at 1:30 p.m. Secret...

World Humanitarian Day -- Education Cannot Wait for Better Times

Julia Gillard | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Julia Gillard

School should be where children can feel secure and experience something approaching normal life, even as turbulence churns outside. And, perhaps even more importantly, it is where they can imagine and prepare for a future beyond their current situations.

Wiggle Room: Making a Case for NGO Partnerships

Barry Segal | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

My experience tells me that when responsible NGOs work together, often across sectors, we gain efficiencies of scale in the delivery of highly-specialized services. In the end, larger swaths of the population are touched by not just one, but an array of these life-improving inputs and we begin to see our combined efforts improve lives in meaningful and lasting ways.

Honoring the Many Faces of Humanitarian Work

Kim Pozniak | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Kim Pozniak

"It's a pleasure to go and help these people who have problems. We feel good. We feel proud of doing this work. We are really happy and if people need something and you come and you provide it, they are really happy."

Syria Has Become a Humanitarian Catastrophe of Epic Proportions

Nigel Pont | Posted 08.14.2014 | Impact
Nigel Pont

A political solution is needed to bring an end to the fighting, but in the meantime, we can and must do more to help the region withstand the far-reaching effects of the conflict -- and we must do it better, faster and smarter.

Prioritizing Chaos: The Challenges Humanitarians Face When Responding to Crises

Joel R. Charny | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Joel R. Charny

As Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan demonstrate, the reforms do not address the core challenges of providing assistance and assuring the protection of vulnerable people in the midst of unrelenting conflict.

WATCH LIVE: DJ Megastar David Guetta Talks UN Collaboration

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.22.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

DJ megastar David Guetta joins HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to discuss his collaboration with the United Nations in the release of "One Voice...

David Guetta Takes 'Big Turn' With UN Song Campaign

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — David Guetta can't wait for you to hear his new song "One Voice" — for a couple of reasons. The song is at the heart of a...

The World Needs More

Jay Benjamin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Jay Benjamin

Imagine if you said "the world needs more #shelter," and it actually created shelter for somebody? Turning powerful words into impactful actions that can literally make a difference for people around the world.

Time for Humanitarian Climate Change

Feike Sijbesma | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Feike Sijbesma

Let us honor all these thousands of aid workers this week and show them that we appreciate their work and are ready to support it. But let us also not forget to take our responsibility on all other days of the year and jointly work towards an urgently needed 'humanitarian climate change' by supporting them and by developing structural solutions.

On World Humanitarian Day, Reflecting On What My Daughter's Life Might Have Been

Kim Keller | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Kim Keller

Seven years ago, I brought my daughter home from the orphanage, and my life was dramatically changed. But it wasn't until a recent trip to Yetebon, Ethiopia that I realized just how dramatically I had changed hers.

WATCH: Kid President Interviews And Smooches Beyonce For Great Cause!

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact

Not even Beyonce can resist the mini-Prez and his crazy shenanigans -- especially when he is advocating for a good cause. After appealing to her in...

The World Needs More Idealists

Lauren Rajczak | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Lauren Rajczak

Today is recognized as World Humanitarian Day -- the one day of the year the world takes a moment to remember those who gave their lives in the quest to alleviate human suffering and help those who would otherwise be forgotten.

Why We Do What We Do: A U.N. Security Officer Reflects on World Humanitarian Day

Gordon J. Brown | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Gordon J. Brown

I am frequently asked why I keep doing this job, and I have to say that sometimes I wonder myself. It's a question equally valid if asked of all humanitarian workers: Why do we keep doing this?

World Humanitarian Day Honors Those Who Live Lives Dedicated To Service

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact

Aug 18 (Reuters) - The United Nations is turning to social media to raise money and awareness of humanitarian crises that have fallen off the global...

WATCH: Kid President Asks Beyonce To Team Up For Good Cause

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 08.09.2013 | Impact

Kid President, our favorite little Commander-in-Chief, is continuing to reach new heights when it comes to being awesome. In a recent video messag...

Beyonce' Was Here, But Were You?

Hayes Grooms | Posted 10.22.2012 | Black Voices
Hayes Grooms

Don't be the unfortunate person, who never hears the music at all, but instead be the person who connects to the wondrous sound of your surroundings and who connects to the worldwide rhythm. Pump up the volume of someone else's pursuit.

On World Humanitarian Day, Let's Honor Those Who Risk Their Lives To Save People In Need

Lourdes Ibarra | Posted 10.19.2012 | Impact
Lourdes Ibarra

When I arrive at a new duty station, I don't sleep well. I've laid awake in Iraq, tossed and turned in South Sudan, had sleepless nights in Kenya and ...

Beyonce Enlists Bieber, Gaga For World Humanitarian Day

AP | Posted 10.19.2012 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama are giving a helping hand to Beyonce. Obama and the pop stars have signed on to support ...

World Humanitarian Day: A Billion People Join Beyoncé in Celebration

ZP Heller | Posted 10.17.2012 | Impact
ZP Heller

You don't have to be a UN staffer or aid worker to take part in World Humanitarian Day. In addition to pledging support through social media networks, "I Was Here" encourages you to commit to doing one good deed for someone in need this Sunday.

Beyonce Stops By An Unexpected Venue

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 08.11.2012 | Entertainment

NEW YORK -- Superstar singer Beyonce has serenaded a different New York City venue: The United Nations. Beyonce performed her song "I Was Here" on Fr...