The World Humanitarian Summit have announced that their new web platform is now live at www.worldhumanitariansummit.org. The site is fully mobile responsive and has great social integration, making it easy for people to share content. During the Summit itself, the website will link to the live webcast and provide real-time updates on the proceedings. A great resource for those not able to make it to Istanbul in May.
The Special Sessions respond to the specific calls made during the consultation process for the World Humanitarian Summit. They will focus on launching strategic initiatives underlying the five core responsibilities. These initiatives aim to harness the vision, skills and capacities of stakeholders in each relevant area. The Special Sessions will provide a platform for Member States and other stakeholders to make specific commitments in support of these and as a means of achieving the Agenda for Humanity.There will be fifteen Special Sessions taking place during the Summit:
The High-Level Leaders’ Roundtables will provide high-profile opportunities for Heads of State and Government and high-level representatives from other stakeholders to make commitments and announce bold actions in support of the five core responsibilities of the Agenda for Humanity. Interactive and multi-stakeholder in nature, their aim will be to generate political will, momentum and concrete commitments to achieve the Agenda for Humanity.The seven Roundtables will centre on these themes:
GLOBAL LEADERS HAVE ONLY ONE CHOICE: HUMANITYWith the World Humanitarian Summit fast approaching, the organizers have launched the "Impossible Choices" campaign. Impossible choices are being made every day by more than 125 million people affected by conflicts and natural disasters. Do we flee our home to escape civil war, leaving behind everything we know and love? With airstrikes imminent, what do we choose to save and what do we leave behind? Is asylum even an option?
This note provides an update on the organization of the World Humanitarian Summit. Please refer to Issue #1 titled “Arrangements for the World Humanitarian Summit” issued on 25 January 2016 on www.worldhumanitariansummit.org for further information.
The World Humanitarian Summit Co-Chair's Summary of the Global Consultation has been released. Given the growing scale of humanitarian needs around the world and an ever more complex humanitarian landscape, the Secretary-General called for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 23 and 24 May 2016. As a culmination of an inclusive multi-stakeholder process over eighteen months and engaging more than 23,000 people in over 151 countries, the Global Consultation was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 14 to 16 October 2015.
Mr Antoine Gerard, a longstanding staff member of the UN’s humanitarian aid coordination body, OCHA, was named as the new head of the World Humanitarian Summit’s secretariat. The announcement, made by OCHA head Stephen O’Brien, follows the resignation of Jemilah Mahmood in August. Mr Gerard began working for OCHA in Burundi in 2002 before taking senior posts in Zimbabwe, Sudan, and in the West Africa regional office. He previously worked for many years with Médecins Sans Frontières.
Restoring Humanity: Global Voices Calling for ActionThe synthesis report for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) was released on 5 October 2015. The report represents the culmination of an extraordinary undertaking. In all, more than 23,000 people were involved in the consultation process, with stakeholder, regional and thematic consultations taking place in 151 countries and more than 400 written submissions from around the world.
Expired 10 September 2015!!The following Job Opening has been posted via the UNDP recruitment portal and is also accessible on ReliefWeb.Title: Chief, World Humanitarian Summit SecretariatLevel: D-1Location: New YorkDeadline: 10 September 2015Below is the link to the UNDP recruitment portal for this job opening.UNDP Link: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=59590