Friday, August 19, 2011

On August 19

On this day in ...
... 2011 (today), is marked World Humanitarian Day. (image credit) It's a date the United Nations and more than 500 nongovernmental organizations set aside to celebrate humanitarian aid work around the world. The date coincides with the 2003 Baghdad bombing that killed Sergio Vieira de Mello, the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Representative in Iraq, and nearly 2 dozen others, including de Mello's chief of staff, Nadia Younes, whom IntLawGrrls honor as a foremother, and American human rights lawyer Arthur Helton. The annual commemoration was established in paragraph 26 of U.N. General Assembly Resolution A/63/L.39 (2008), entitled "Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations."

(Prior August 19 posts are
here, here, here, and here.)

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