#NotATarget: World Humanitarian Day 2018

August 17, 2018

A terrorist attack that killed 22 humanitarian aid workers struck the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq on August 19th, 2003. Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq, was among those who lost their lives.

The General Assembly adopted a resolution five years later designating August 19th as World Humanitarian Day. The humanitarian community has organized global campaigns to commemorate WHD every year since then that focus on advocating for the security and safety of humanitarian aid workers, and for the well-being, dignity, and survival of people affected by crisis. Over 130 million people worldwide are currently in crisis, either through war or natural disasters and need humanitarian aid.

The World Humanitarian Day 2018 campaign builds on the momentum created by last year’s #NotATarget campaign, which saw more than 2 million individuals take social action calling for better defense of humanitarians, civilians, and health workers by influencing global leaders to take more drastic measures to protect civilians in conflict zones.

“In an increasingly interconnected world, progress in the areas of development, security, and human rights must go hand in hand. There will be no development without security and no security without development. And both development and security also depend on respect for human rights and the rule of law.”

– In Larger Freedom: Towards Development, Security, and Human Rights for All

Click below to view the World Humanitarian Day Video:





OCHA and partners have designed a global digital campaign, which will mobilize citizens, celebrities, decision makers and the humanitarian community to stand together under the message of #NotATarget. It is the first ever “living petition” for the protection of civilians via social media platforms.

Sign here with your selfie, telling world leaders that civilians are #NotATarget


It’s a broken world out there and MissionSafe wishes to express our utmost respect, gratitude and support for all who risk their lives serving others. We are grateful to be able to partner with a multitude of individuals and organizations through our mission of Caring for the Bride of Christ and the children of God as you go on mission.

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Image courtesy of worldhumanitarianday.org

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