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 world is at a critical juncture. We are witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. Nearly 60 million people, half of them children, have been forced from their homes due to conflict and violence. The human and economic cost of disasters caused by natural hazards is also escalating. In the last two decades, 218 million people each year were affected by disasters; at an annual cost to the global economy that now exceeds $300 billion.
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.
At the Summit, world leaders from Government, business and civil society will announce commitments to deliver on the Agenda for Humanity, and launch new initiatives to address pressing needs that were identified during the consultation process. Commitments will also be gathered through an online Commitments Platform. This will result in a set of actions that will enable the world to better prepare for and respond to crises, and become more resilient to shocks.
Over 5,000 participants are expected at the WHS, including Heads of State and Government, and leaders from crisis-affected communities, CEOs from the private sector, heads of multilateral organizations, international and national NGOs, youth representatives, civil society, diaspora, civil-military, and academia.
The Summit will take place on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. It will be held at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) and side events will be held in the adjacent Lutfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Center (LKCC).
The World Humanitarian Summit will result in a set of commitments to action that will enable the world to better prepare for and respond to crises, and become more resilient to shocks. This will represent a major shift in how the global community prevents human suffering by preparing for and responding to crises.
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.