Humanitarian workers are on the frontline of the European Union’s (EU) relief work with civilian populations around the world. Operating in the field following man-made or natural disasters, their security is often at risk, especially in conflict zones.
The EU is one of the world’s largest donors of humanitarian assistance. It takes action to ensure the safest conditions possible for its staff and partners, who deliver aid on the ground. As part of the "Don't shoot, I'm a humanitarian worker!" campaign, the Commission has outlined concrete measures taken to improve the security of people, as well as the continuity of operations.
Today, we are commemorating humanitarian workers who have lost their lives, their physical well-being and their freedom while providing for people in need and saving lives. The European Commission honours these humanitarian workers who serve the needy, often in very perilous circumstances. It calls again for the respect of humanitarian principles, full humanitarian access and the security of relief workers.
The World Humanitarian Day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2008 to contribute to increasing public awareness of humanitarian work and the importance of international cooperation. This is particularly relevant at this time, when the eyes of the world are on Pakistan after the catastrophic flooding which has affected millions of people.
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