World Humanitarian Summit

May 23, 2016 — May 24, 2016   |   Istanbul, Turkey

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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.

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.

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. 

This event is invite-only. 

The SAFE Humanitarian Working Group at WHS

Tje SAFE Humanitarian Working Group and several of its members will be hosting side events or exhibition booths at WHS. Read our Call to Partners to learn about our #EnergyMatters campaign before and during WHS

Side Events

Exhibition Fair Booths

  • The SAFE Humanitarian Working Group

Innovation Marketplace Booths

  • Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

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