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World Civil Defence Day-1st March

World Civil Defence Day which was created by decision of the ICDO General Assembly in 1990 is celebrated every year on 1of March. This Day commemorates the entry into force of the ICDO Constitution as an intergovernmental organisation in 1972 and has two main purposes:

  • That of bringing to the attention of the world public the vital importance of Civil Protection and of raising awareness of the preparedness for, and prevention and self-protection measures in the event of accidents or disasters;
  • That of paying tribute to the efforts, sacrifices and accomplishments of all the national services responsible for the fight against disasters.

The World Days are an occasion for a variety of national events: colloquy, conferences, radio and television debates, open days, disaster prevention and simulation exercises, and an opportunity to take stock of the development of Civil Protection structures and of the existing technical and equipment means available. "

World Humanitarian Day - 19th August

The United Nations’ (UN) World Humanitarian Day is held on August 19 each year. World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to humanitarians worldwide, as well as to increase public understanding of humanitarian assistance activities. The day aims to honor humanitarian workers who have lost their lives or injured themselves in the course of their work, and to acknowledge the ongoing work of humanitarian staff around the world.

World Humanitarian Day was established by the General Assembly of the UN in December 2008 and was first observed in August 2009. The date of August 19 is the anniversary date of the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad where twenty-two people lost their lives including, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

Also, it offers the opportunity:

  • For the public to learn more about the humanitarian community, what aid workers do and the challenges they face
  • For nongovernmental and international bodies and UN agencies, to demonstrate their humanitarian activities
  • To pay respect to those who have died or been injured in the course of their humanitarian work.

International Day For Disaster Reduction -13th October

The International Day for Disaster Reduction is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of Disaster Risk Reduction.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction started in 1989 with the approval by the United Nations General Assembly. The UN General Assembly sees the IDDR as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. Originally celebrated on the second Wednesday of October (resolution 44/236, 22 December 1989), the UN General Assembly decided to designate October 13th as the date to celebrate the IDDR (resolution 64/200, 21 December 2009).

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