Press Release: Ambassador Haley Commemorates World Humanitarian Day, August 19

New York City
August 18, 2017


Amid some of the worst humanitarian crises since World War II, aid workers deliver life-saving assistance in increasingly complex and dangerous situations. According to available data, the last five years have been the most dangerous years on record for aid workers worldwide. Since 2013, more than 100 aid workers have been killed each year – a total of nearly 500 people. In many countries around the world, aid workers face intimidation, their humanitarian aid convoys are routinely targeted and attacked, and their efforts are deliberately blocked by armed groups or governments. The United States honors their sacrifices and remains committed to ensuring the safety of aid workers worldwide.

“On World Humanitarian Day, we honor the brave men and women who choose to risk their lives to ensure millions of desperate people receive life-saving aid. Their work has never been more important, and we call on all countries to support and protect them in helping the world’s most vulnerable,” said Ambassador Haley.

The United States continues to be the largest single country donor of humanitarian aid. Last year alone, the United States gave a total of $7 billion in humanitarian assistance worldwide.