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About the World Humanitarian Summit

We are currently facing humanitarian needs on a massive scale. In our rapidly changing world, we must continually seek better ways to meet the needs of millions of people affected by conflicts and disasters.

An initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, managed by UN OCHA, the first World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May 2016 and will bring together governments, humanitarian organizations, people affected by humanitarian crises and new partners including the private sector to propose solutions to our most pressing challenges and set an agenda to keep humanitarian action fit for the future.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

WHAT IS THE 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 the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Summit has three main goals:
  1. Reaffirm our commitment to humanity and humanitarian principles
  2. Initiate actions and commitments which enable countries and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and be more resilient to shocks.
  3. Share best practices which help save lives around the world, placing affected people at the centre of humanitarian action and alleviating suffering.
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