Today, Malawi joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World Humanitarian Day (WHD), which falls on 19th August.
The United Nations General Assembly designated the 19th of August as a day of remembrance and honour for 22 aid workers (including the special representative of the secretary general to Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello) who were assassinated in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Iraq on 19th August, 2003.
This year’s commemorations are being held under the theme “Human Race” and focus on taking up global action to combat climate change while standing in solidarity with vulnerable populations around the world.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs and its humanitarian partners will not hold events requiring physical presence in marking the commemorations.
The department leads the commemoration of the day with a call for all stakeholders at all levels to join hands in efforts aimed at reducing the impact of climate change and lend a helping hand in the provision of humanitarian assistance.