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World Humanitarian Summit

Today, the scale of human suffering is greater than at any time since the Second World War. More than 130 million people around the world need humanitarian assistance in order to survive. This is why, for the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations, UN Secretory-General Ban Ki-moon convened the World Humanitarian Summit to generate commitments to reduce suffering and deliver better for people around the globe.

The Summit took place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016 and convened 9,000 participants from around the world to support a new shared Agenda for Humanity and take action to prevent and reduce human suffering.

The Summit generated more than 3000 commitments to action and launched more than a dozen new partnerships and initiatives to turn the Agenda for Humanity into meaningful change for the world's most vulnerable people. These results are presented on the Platform for Action, Commitments and Transformation (PACT) at www.agendaforhumanity.org

A New Agenda for Humanity

The Agenda for Humanity is a five-point action agenda that outlines the changes that are needed to alleviate humanitarian suffering, and reduce risk and vulnerability. The Agenda calls on global leaders and all humanitarian actors to act on five core responsibilities to prevent and reduce human suffering. Learn more about the Agenda for Humanity here or click on the icons below to explore the five core responsibilities.

  • Political Leadership to Prevent and End Conflicts
  • Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity
  • Change People's Lives: From Delivering Aid to Ending Need

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