World Humanitarian Day 2020, 19 August

World Humanitarian Day 2020, 19 August

On World Humanitarian Day (WHD) August 19, the world commemorates humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work, and we honour all aid and health workers who continue, despite the odds, to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.


This year’s World Humanitarian Day honours the front-line health workers – the Real-Life Heroes – including doctors and nurses, midwives and community volunteers, and those who risk their lives to ensure that everyone has access to health services, testing and treatment, protective equipment, and medication especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and all other emergencies.

They are the people you may know from your village or town, who have been working tirelessly on the ground to bring vaccines to children, monitor the health of elderly, help mothers deliver babies safely, lead contact tracing and surveillance activities, and provide psycho-social support in times of conflict, pandemic, and natural disasters.

They are our real-life heroes.

UN-Habitat is on the frontline of the world’s urban crises, responding immediately to help people most in need and to ensure a quick recovery. We work closely with communities and authorities in cities and towns across the world to support critical emergency responses.

On World Humanitarian Day, UN-Habitat thanks all those who keep delivering services and support to people in our cities and towns through crises and disasters. We are also grateful to all our donors who support our emergency response around the world