What is the World Humanitarian Summit 2016?
Last Updated: May 30, 2018     Views: 184

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), a global call to action by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, took place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016. 

Main goals of the Summit:

  • To re-inspire and reinvigorate our commitment to humanity and to the universality of humanitarian principles.
  • To initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments aimed at enabling countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises, and be more resilient to shocks.
  • To share innovations and best practices that can help to save lives around the world, put affected people at the center of humanitarian action, and alleviate suffering.


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared his intention to hold a World Humanitarian Summit in his Five-Year Action Agenda on 25 January 2012.

The Report of the Secretary-General on Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Humanitarian Assistance of the United Nations, issued on 20 May 2013 (A/68/84)  reiterated the call for the World Humanitarian Summit. This Report was approved in Resolution 68/102 (A/RES/68/102) on 13 December 2013.

This report was initiated by two previous resolutions that did not specifically mention the WHS: (A/RES/67/87 and E/RES/2012/3).

The Secretary-General launched his Report for the World Humanitarian Summit, One humanity: shared responsibility (A/70/709), on 9 February 2016. 


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