Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn August 19, 2009, the United Nations first recognized World Humanitarian Day, honoring those who serve others in times of crisis.Humanitarian aid is apolitical, with the goal of saving lives and reducing suffering. Humanitarian aid may include food aid to an area affected by drought, emergency shelter provided for victims of a flood, logistics support for those recovering from a tsunami, or medical support for refugees in war-torn regions.World Humanitarian Day was created in honor of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations General Secretary to Iraq. Vieira de Mello and 21 other aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, on this date in 2003.Every year, the UN chooses a new theme for World Humanitarian Day. The theme for 2013 was “The World Needs More . . .” Online communities supplied their own answers: The World Needs More #Peace. The World Needs More #Healthcare. The World Needs More #CleanWater. The theme for 2015 is “Share Humanity," and encourages people to donate their social media feeds to the humanitarian "story that needs to be told."
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry apolitical Adjective
neutral, or having no interest in or application to politics.
explosive device, usually a projectile.
event or situation leading to dramatic change.
to ruin or make useless.
period of greatly reduced precipitation.
Encyclopedic Entry: drought earthquake Noun
the sudden shaking of Earth's crust caused by the release of energy along fault lines or from volcanic activity.
sudden, unplanned event that requires immediate action.
overflow of a body of water onto land.
Encyclopedic Entry: flood food aid Noun
money or food given to regions faced with malnutrition and starvation.
place where an organization or project is chiefly located.
health care Noun
system for addressing the physical health of a population.
having to do with relief, aid, or other support to people in need.
management of the movement of goods and services.
having to do with the study of medicine or healing.
to give or make available.
to identify or acknowledge.
person who flees their home, usually due to natural disaster or political upheaval.
structure that protects people or other organisms from weather and other dangers.
ocean waves triggered by an earthquake, volcano, or other movement of the ocean floor.
United Nations Noun
international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.
large-scale armed conflict.