UN to observe World Humanitarian Day, anniversary of Baghdad bombing

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The United Nations will mark the second World Humanitarian Day on Thursday and pay tribute to the seventh anniversary of the attack against the UN Headquarters in Baghdad in a series of commemorative events here, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said here on Tuesday.

"The secretary-general will lay a wreath in front of the memorial plaque located outside the Meditation Room in remembrance of the 22 people killed in the truck bomb attack of Aug. 19, 2003, " Haq told reporters here at a daily news briefing.

The wreath-laying ceremony will take place in the General Assembly building public lobby and be followed by a moment of silence, said Haq.

The second world humanitarian commemoration, which will be held in the northeast gallery of the General Assembly building, will have John Holmes, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and the UN emergency relief coordinator, give opening remarks.

The event will also include a statement by UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, a short film highlighting this year's theme for the day, "I am a Humanitarian," and a photo exhibit of images from the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake, said a UN press release.

The second observance of the day intends to raise awareness of humanitarian work and honor humanitarian aid workers who have been killed or injured in the course of their work.

The General Assembly on Dec. 11, 2008 designated Aug. 19, which is the date of the Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, as World Humanitarian Day.

The wreath-laying ceremony is organized by the Staff Union Standing Committee on the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service.

Source: Xinhua


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