Virtual Briefing on the preparations for the World Humanitarian Day (WHD) 2021
World Humanitarian Day is OCHA's annual flagship campaign and within the United Nations it is regarded as one of the most innovative and successful 'UN Day' campaigns. Since 2009, it has evolved from a day to recognize humanitarian personnel and others who lost their lives working for humanitarian causes into a global campaign bringing together partners from across the humanitarian system to advocate for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.
The UN Secretary-General refers to 2021 as the world's 'make-or-break year', and is calling for a 'major breakthrough' to slow the pace of climate change and build resilience to protect the most vulnerable people from increasingly severe and frequent climate impacts. We are joining his push to create a greener, safer, more resilient world.
For this year's World Humanitarian Day on the 19th of August, we highlight the immediate human cost of the climate crisis by pressuring world leaders to take meaningful climate action for the world's most vulnerable people. In the race against the climate crisis, we can't leave anyone behind.
#TheHumanRace - A global challenge for climate action in solidarity with people who need it the most.
The climate emergency is wreaking havoc across the world at a scale that the humanitarian community and people at the front lines cannot manage. Time is already running out for millions of the world's most vulnerable people – those who have contributed least to the global climate emergency but are hit the hardest. Millions of people are already losing their homes, their livelihoods and their lives.
With most climate campaigns focused on slowing climate change and securing the planet's future, World Humanitarian Day 2021 will highlight the immediate consequences for the world's most vulnerable people.
In the week of World Humanitarian Day, August 19, to get the world racing against the climate crisis clock, we will stage a global race challenge like no other. The challenge will be hosted on Strava, the world's leading exercise platform. Whether participants run, roll, ride, walk, swim, kick or hit a ball, each action will count towards helping us carry our message to world leaders when they meet at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November. People who don't wish to take part physically can simply sign on to support #TheHumanRace via the campaign website.