The world is celebrating the humanitarian day on Monday, in order to recognise humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. Be it Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King jr., Mahatma Gandhi or any other great person, all worked for humanitarian causes. On August 19, the United Nations General Assembly as part of a Swedish-sponsored GA Resolution A/63/L.49 on the Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations designated this day as World Humanitarian Day.

According to the details, this day has been marked to dedicate the sacrifice of then Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello and 21 of his colleagues who were killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad. Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti: Quotes by the Universal Voice and Cultural Icon on His 158th Birth Anniversary

World Humanitarian Day was commemorated for the first time on August 19, 2009. Apart from honouring the male humanitarian workers, the United Nations is also dedicating this day for women who work in crises throughout the world. The main focus is to tell the story of unsung heroes, who have long been working on the front lines in their own communities in some of the most difficult terrains.

Here are some of the Humanitarian quotes by great people.

1: Mother Teresa, founder of The Missionaries of Charity:

If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.

2: Mahatma Gandhi, Indian nationalist and civil rights leader:

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

3: Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist and clergyman: 

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'

4: Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution and credited with saving over one billion people from starvation:

The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind.

5: Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian feminist, writer, and psychiatrist:

When we live in a world that is very unjust, you have to be a dissident.

6: Betty Williams, Irish activist and founder of the Irish peace movement, Community of Peace People:

To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.

7: Princess Diana, Princess of Wales:

Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.

8: Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and former president of South Africa:

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

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Apart from dedicating this day, the United Nations is propagating the idea of supporting people in crisis. Women Humanitarians hold a sense of unparalleled uniqueness, one that adds to the global momentum of female strength, power and perseverance. It is time to honour the women who have acted as first responders to the darkest hours of crisis.

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