SUVA was the first of 50 cities around the world to celebrate World Humanitarian Day yesterday.
The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) was out raising awareness for World Humanitarian Day, which is celebrated annually by the UN to commemorate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.
Head of the UNOCHA regional office for the Pacific Sune Gudnitz said the day was also to remember the many humanitarians who had lost their lives in this field.
"Everyone in a way can be involved in doing humanitarian work, whether you are involved in an organisation and getting paid, or whether you are simply at home when a disaster strikes and you go to the aid of your neighbour," he said.
An awareness event was held at USP yesterday to reach out to students and potential humanitarians, and UNOCHA is also raising awareness at the 2013 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival.
The theme for 2013 is 'The world needs more' and people are encouraged to share words online to unlock money for humanitarian projects.
"Corporate organisations have sponsored words, and if you share it, that organisation has committed money every time that word is shared," Mr Gudnitz said.
"The money will be directed to some of the bigger but underfunded crises around the world."