World Humanitarian Summit

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, set to take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016, is a global call to action by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Summit has three main goals:

  1. To re-inspire and reinvigorate a commitment to humanity and to the universality of humanitarian principles.
  2. To initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments aimed at enabling countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises, and be resilient to shocks.
  3. To share best practices which can help save lives around the world, put affected people at the center of humanitarian action, and alleviate suffering.

The United Nations Secretary-General has called for humanity—people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive—to be placed at the heart of global decision-making. To deliver for humanity, stakeholders must act on five core responsibilities. The agenda for Humanity consists of 5 respnsabilities: 

1) Prevent and end conflict. Leaders must assume their responsibility to prevent and end conflict, working to find political solutions to end bloodshed and suffering.

2) Respect Rules of War.States need to respect the rules they have endorsed in international humanitarian and human rights law.

3) leave no one behind. Stakeholders must empower and protect the most vulnerable, including women and girls, young people, the displaced and people with disabilities, among others.

4) Working differently to end need. Change people’s lives by moving from delivering aid to ending the need for it.

5) Invest in Humanity. Invest in enhancing local capacities, reducing risk and building effective and inclusive institutions, especially in fragile contexts.