August 19, 2012
More than 90 percent of people affected by natural disasters-earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, and volcanoes-live in developing countries. Many also find themselves at the centre of civil unrest or conflict.
When national governments are unable to cope with these crises, humanitarian workers step in to provide comfort, relief and hope, often braving great danger and enduring great sacrifice. Some pay with their lives.
World Humanitarian Day celebrates these devoted individuals who work long hours under difficult, and often dangerous, conditions to help those in need. Their dedication to responding to emergencies and improving lives is an inspiration to us all.
Canadians demonstrate their compassion by generously supporting relief efforts around the world. CIDA proudly supports the World Food Programme, the Red Cross Movement, and non-governmental organizations, such as the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, who are on the front lines of humanitarian relief. Canada also works with developing country governments to strengthen their capacity to become more resilient to natural disasters.
World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to consider what we can do to help people enduring hardship because of conflict or natural disasters.
Minister of International Cooperation