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World Humanitarian Day today

World Humanitarian Day today

Aug 19, 2011 - 15:09

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Worldinfo-icon Humanitarian Day (WHD) is being celebrated today to honour aid workers who brave great danger, the UN said on Friday.

Recognising the sacrifices of those who lose their lives to give others help and hope, the day is about inspiring the spirit of humanitarian work.

The theme for this year's commemoration is "people helping people" in order to highlight the role of individuals who are not working for an organisation or for a reward but just for the sake of helping others.

In order to promote this year's WHD, a global video contest has been launched by the United Nations. The contest consists of pitching an idea of how to change the world, to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The contestants are expected to make a 30 second video of their idea starting with the phrase “Excuse me, Mr. Secretary-General..."and upload the video on Youtube. An entry form has to be filed in on


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