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[Published: Friday August 03 2012]

 UN makes global appeal for good behaviour ahead of World Humanitarian Day

New York, 3 Aug – (ANA) - The United Nations has launched a global campaign –  featuring the music of performing artist Beyoncé – to highlight humanitarian  work ahead of World Humanitarian Day and encourage people to get involved by doing something good for  others.   A campaign website has been launched, and will provide members of the public with an opportunity to unite and share their individual acts of good. On the Day itself, which falls on 19 August, the campaign aims to reach one billion people in a day. The General Assembly proclaimed 19 August World  Humanitarian Day in 2008 to commemorate the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, which claimed the lives of 22 UN staff members,  including the world body’s top envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and  wounded more than 150 people.  The Day aims to honour those who have lost their lives in  humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to  millions, in addition to drawing attention to humanitarian needs worldwide and  the importance of international cooperation in meeting those needs. (ANA)

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