CCOE at World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey

Picture: Cultural presentation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Turkish president Recep Erdogan as part of the closing ceremony / Source: CCOE/ Kerkkamp-de Rijcke

This summit was intended as a call to action by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, bringing together the global community to reaffirm solidarity with people affected by crises, as well as strengthening the collective commitment to humanity. He asked that the search for solutions to the growing challenges facing the humanitarian system be based on the experience of all relevant stakeholders.

To this end, a worldwide consultation process has taken place over the course of the previous eighteen months to gather the views of affected people, governments, civil society, humanitarian organisations, the private sector and other partners. Reaching more than 23,000 people in 153 countries, this has been the most comprehensive consultation on humanitarian action ever done.

 Gateway to the World Humanitarian Summit 2016

Picture: Gateway to the World Humanitarian Summit/ Source: CCOE/ Kerkkamp-de Rijcke

As a result, a new and coherent approach is required based on addressing root causes, increasing political diplomacy for prevention and conflict resolution, and bringing humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts together. The World Humanitarian Summit has generated global momentum and political will to move forward on the Agenda of Humanity. An annual update will review the progress made in taking forward and implementing all that has been achieved and committed at this summit.

Article is written by CCOE/ Legal Advisor / Lotte Kerkkamp-de Rijcke / PAO office / Tilman Engel (GER)

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