19 August is World Humanitarian Day. "We honour the heroic aid workers who rush bravely to help people in need. We remember their sacrifices, and we recognize the millions of people who count on humanitarian workers for their very survival," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Read his message in full: j.mp/1AoaA5g Find out about #HumanitarianHeroes at worldhumanitarianday.org #WHD2014
In this photo, young people in Bangkok took part in a flash mob to raise awareness about World Humanitarian Day. See some more photos taken by UN staff serving in Afghanistan, Libya, Nicaragua, South Sudan, Syria and more here: http://j.mp/1aFQCc0
Why is World Hepatitis Day marked on 28 July every year? Hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E can cause acute and chronic infection and inflammation of the liver that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are chronically infected with hepatitis B and C, many of them are unaware.
Monday's annual Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare is especially timely as the spectre of chemical weapons is once again casting its ominous shadow. More information: http://j.mp/fax8Rx Related United Nations News Centre story: http://j.mp/184vkli