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World Humanitarian Summit 2016 Update

Given the growing scale of humanitarian needs around the world and an ever more complex humanitarian landscape, the United Nations Secretary-General called for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on May 23 & 24, 2016. This three-year initiative is being managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The WHS aims to find new ways to address humanitarian needs in our fast-changing world and to bring the global community together to commit to new ways of working together to save lives and reduce hardship around the globe. In 2015, the WHS and its partners organized 5 regional consultations, 2 thematic consultations and a Global Consultation. Hundreds of thousands of people viewed the WHS website and the number of people consulted climbed to over 23,000 voices from 164 countries. In September 2015, the WHS published a Synthesis Report, Restoring Humanity: Global Voices Calling for Action, which summarizes the outcomes of the consultation process and proposes 5 Action Areas to transform humanitarian action: dignity, safety, resilience, partnerships and finance. WHS also released the Final Report of the Global Consultation and announced that the UN Secretary-General will launch the Report of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing on January 17, 2016 in Dubai. With the World Humanitarian Summit now less than 5 months away, the WHS encourages the support of its partners and the continued participation of voices from around the world.

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