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 Summit has three main goals:
- Reaffirm our commitment to humanity and humanitarian principles
- Initiate actions and commitments which enable countries and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and be more resilient to shocks.
- Share best practices which help save lives around the world, placing affected people at the centre of humanitarian action and alleviating suffering.
Never before has humanitarian action delivered so much for so many vulnerable people around the world. But unless we adopt more effective ways to address their suffering, we cannot aspire to a world of peace, security and sustainable development where no one is left behind. Decisive, collective action is needed to uphold our shared responsibility to save lives and enable people to live lives of dignity.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE SUMMIT TAKE PLACE?
WHO WILL ATTEND THE SUMMIT?
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE SUMMIT?
WHAT WILL BE THE SUMMIT PROGRAMME?
- An opening ceremony and plenary: Statements by the Head of State or Government of the Host Country, the United-Nations Secretary General, and other VIPs including Heads of State or Government, UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Special Advocates, and representatives from crisis-affected communities.
- Announcement Plenary: Statements by global leaders announcing commitments to take forward the Agenda for Humanity.
- High-Level Leaders’ Roundtables: Focusing on some of the great humanitarian challenges of our time, these will provide an opportunity for leaders to make commitments and announce bold actions in support of the Agenda for Humanity.
- Special sessions: These will focus on important partnerships and initiatives spurred by the Summit process.
- Side events: Governments, international and non-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to organize events in the form of briefings, seminars, workshops and panel discussions in the margins of the Summit.
- Exhibition fair and Innovation marketplace: Spaces dedicated to showcasing the work, products, and programmes of governments, organizations, agencies, companies and other institutions and partners in support of humanitarian action.
- Commitments platform: An online platform will allow governments, humanitarian organizations, businesses and regional, sub-regional and sub-national stakeholders, among others, to register commitments to action or to join existing initiatives in support of the five core responsibilities and the Agenda for Humanity.
WHAT WILL BE THE OUTCOMES AND FOLLOW UP?
The implementation of the commitments should begin right away. The Secretary-General has called for real progress within the next three years.
The major outcomes of the Summit will be captured in the Secretary-General Chair’s Summary of the proceedings. A summary of the main Commitments to Action will also be produced and an online action platform will showcase all the commitments gathered at the Summit, as well as those from stakeholders contributing from around the world. A report of the Secretary-General on the outcomes of the Summit will also be prepared in accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/106.