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Fifteen Special Sessions responded to the specific calls made during the consultation process for the World Humanitarian Summit. They focused on launching strategic initiatives underlying the five core responsibilities of the Agenda for Humanity. These initiatives aim to harness the vision, skills and capacities of stakeholders in each relevant area.

PEOPLE AT THE CENTRE

This Special Session will invite commitments from stakeholders which ensure that affected people know what they can expect from aid providers and are able to express their views and concerns. The commitments should also ensure that humanitarian responders, including member states and donor countries, listen and respond to the feedback and perceptions of affected people.

INCLUSION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES INTO HUMANITARIAN ACTION

This Special Session will advance global political commitments and concrete actions to make humanitarian action more inclusive of persons with disabilities, ensuring that the World Humanitarian Summit priority to “leave no one behind” is realized in Istanbul and beyond.

ISLAMIC SOCIAL FINANCE

This Special Session will focus on securing commitments from different stakeholders to diversify the humanitarian resource base and funding architecture to include new and emerging donors from faith-based funding, specifically from Islamic Social Finance.

MIGRANTS AND HUMANITARIAN ACTION

The Special Session will seek commitments from source and host countries to put in place adequate measures to more effectively protect and assist vulnerable migrants stranded in countries in crisis situations, and migrants in mixed migration flows. The Session will look forward to the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in September 2016 and build support for the actions and pledges needed to effect a step change in the global response to migration flows.

EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES AND PROTRACTED CRISES

This Special Session will produce commitments and concrete actions as part of the global efforts to prioritize education in emergencies and protracted crisis, including the launch of the Education Crisis Platform.

GLOBAL HEALTH

This Special Session will present a new “Global Accord on Healthcare for Crisis-affected People”. This Accord provides a framework for the better handling of threats to health in acute and protracted crises, and seeks to ensure the delivery of a minimum essential package of health services adapted for the needs of specific crisis contexts.

GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR URBAN CRISES

During this Special Session the Global Alliance for Urban Crises will be formally launched in order to bring high-level attention to the increasingly urban dimension of humanitarian crises and to advocate for adaptation of global crisis response to an increasingly urban world.

See here for: Global Alliance for Urban Crises: Action Plan - Commitments and
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GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION

This Special Session will result in a range of concrete commitments as part of the global efforts to boost innovation, change and adaptation in the humanitarian sector. This will include the launch of the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI) which aims to turn ideas into action by promoting innovative tools and practices in humanitarian preparedness and response.

HUMANITARIAN PRINCIPLES

The first goal of the Summit is to reaffirm and re-inspire our shared commitment to humanity and the universality of humanitarian principles. The objective of the Special Session will be to identify a series of concrete commitments on how to better respect and more consistently apply those principles, as a major contribution towards the agenda for humanity.

TRANSFORMING HUMANITARIAN ACTION WITH AND FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Building on the Global Youth Consultation in Doha, this Special Session will galvanize action from all stakeholders, including Member States, the UN system, civil society and other partners to finally and, for the first time, officially engage young people in humanitarian action at all levels.

See here for: Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action 

RELIGIOUS ENGAGEMENT: THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF FAITH COMMUNITIES TO OUR SHARED HUMANITY

Representatives of religious groups, community-based, and international religious organizations, together with political leaders, and other humanitarian stakeholders, will come together to critically examine respective activities and comparative advantages as key stakeholders in global, national, and local humanitarian action and response efforts, peacebuilding and long-term resilience.

CONNECTING BUSINESS

This Special Session will launch and generate commitments for the Connecting Business initiative and will showcase business networks already making an impact in humanitarian crisis, advocate for this transformational model of business-to-business engagement and public-private collaboration, and secure commitments to support the initiative and ensure its sustainability.

REGIONAL ACTION FOR GLOBAL CHALLENGES

This Special Session will allow high-level representatives of Regional Organizations and other stakeholders to present examples of regional approaches to recent crises and identify challenges and opportunities for regional organizations in the evolving humanitarian system.

PROTECTING JOURNALISTS AND PROMOTING INDEPENDENT REPORTING IN CRISIS SITUATIONS

This Special Session will bring together leading media practitioners with experience of reporting in conflict zones and natural disasters to identify good practice in reporting on humanitarian crises, and to consider standards of reporting which is balanced, can help to mobilise global response and which prioritises the safety and security of their reporters as well as the people caught up in crises.

RISK AND VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS

This Special Session will generate a range of commitments and concrete actions to establish a Global Risk Platform that will map and unite the existing risk, vulnerability and threat analysis initiatives into one global community of practice. A global platform where stakeholders and practitioners can share data, analysis, strategies and resources – human, material or financial – backed by politically supported action is instrumental in building resilience to evolving risks.

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