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Celebrating World Humanitarian Day 2014

19 August 2014, Geneva, Switzerland - World Humanitarian Day falls on 19 August, the day in 2003 when 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad. It's a day to commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.

2003 is also the year that marked the beginning of operations of the UNOSAT Humanitarian Rapid Mapping service, a 24h satellite imagery service dedicated to the entire humanitarian community, UN and non-UN, based on an innovative financing method and an enlarged partnership with both the space industry and key players such as the European Space Agency and the International Charter Space and Major Disasters.

Each year on World Humanitarian Day, the work that UNOSAT experts keep doing every day for humanitarian agencies  assumes special significance as we remember those who lost their life trying to help fellow humans in greater need and celebrate the spirit of true humanitarianism.

In hundreds of cases UNOSAT analyses have contributed to reaching populations in need, locating spontaneous camps, assessing damage and coordinating relief. It is a small part of the process but an important one nonetheless as technology develops and geospatial information becomes ubiquitous.

Watch a one minute video to learn more about UNOSAT rapid mapping.