Overview from the World Humanitarian Summit Istanbul

The World Humanitarian Summit was held for the first time to address the extraordinary challenges to the current international humanitarian system. Turkey was the host of this historic Summit in May 2016 in İstanbul.
Our President Miss OBI JUDITH was in attendance as a youth representative for her country NIGERIA and representative of the organization Africa Education Aid for Development Network, she represented in the different breakout session and side events. She was opportune to be on the panel to discuss the role of young people in fostering peaceful societies where she presented a speech on – Ending Conflict and violent extremism.

The Summit, co-hosted by Turkey and the UN Secretary General, gathered the world leaders with the affected communities and would seek answers for the urgent challenges to the future of the system together with NGOs, private sector and representatives of other stakeholders.
The World Humanitarian Summit was a defining moment in which to reinforce our collective responsibility to save lives, prevent and alleviate suffering and Uphold human dignity in crises.
Heads of State and Government, and stakeholders from multi-lateral and other humanitarian organizations, the private sector, academia, and affected communities came together to announce support of a future agenda for action, forge new partnerships, and find practical solutions to pressing humanitarian challenges of today and tomorrow, in order to build a safer and more humane world for all.

Between May 2014 and July 2015 eight regional consultations involving more than 23,000 people, as well as major thematic and stakeholder consultations and online dialogues took place, backed by over 400 written submissions. They consistently called for change in how we prepare and respond to crises, in how we work together and ultimately in how we deliver with and for the millions of people whose lives are caught up in crisis, now almost always for a protracted period measured in years and not months.
This inclusive consultation process resulted in five major areas for action, each representing an ambition for the future of humanitarian action. From this foundation, stakeholders can build the commitments, partnerships and trans-formative actions required to deliver change at the World Humanitarian Summit.

DIGNITY
Empower people to cope and recover with dignity through humanitarian action that puts people at its heart, delivers equally for women and girls, reaches everyone, invests in youth and children, and protects and enables people as the primary agents of their own response.

SAFETY
Keep people safe from harm by putting protection at the center of humanitarian action, increasing political action to prevent and end conflict, preventing and putting an end to violations of international humanitarian law, and ensuring humanitarian action is not instrumentalized.

RESILIENCE
Build hope and solutions for people in new or prolonged crises through collective action by humanitarian, development and other partners to strengthen people’s resilience to crises, by investing in preparedness, managing and mitigating risk, reducing vulnerability, finding durable solutions for protracted displacement, and adapting to new threats.

PARTNERSHIPS
Build diverse and inclusive partnerships that reaffirm the core humanitarian Principles, support effective and people-driven humanitarian action, enable first responders to take a leadership role, and leverage the power of innovation.

FINANCE
Ensure sufficient and more efficient use of resources to preserve life, dignity and resilience in crises through new and diverse funding sources and expanded support to local organizations

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