Perspectives on World Humanitarian Day

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Displaced Syrians walk past tents at the Bab al-Salama camp, set up outside the Syrian city of Azaz on Syria's northern border with Turkey on February 12, 2016. ( AFP / MUJAHED ABUL JOUD ) Displaced Syrians walk past tents at the Bab al-Salama camp, set up outside the Syrian city of Azaz on Syria’s northern border with Turkey on February 12, 2016. ( AFP / MUJAHED ABUL JOUD )

August 19 is World Humanitarian Day. It is an annual reminder of ongoing crises – and the need to act. A day declared by the United Nations to honor aid workers, who risk their lives to deliver emergency relief.

CCTV America’s Liling Tan explains more.

For further insight on global efforts to curb starvation, displacement and other humanitarian causes, we were also joined by Michel Gabaudan and Matthew Hochbrueckner.


Michel Gabaudan on World Humanitarian Day

For a discussion about how UN and aid groups honor those who fight to help, CCTV America’s Asieh Namdar spoke to Michel Gabaudan, president of Refugees International.


Matthew Hochbrueckner on World Humanitarian Day

To talk more about how aid organizations use data and technology to better serve people in need, as well as the challenges they face, CCTV America’s Michelle Makori spoke with Matthew Hochbrueckner, strategic planning advisor at UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.