The Summit

The UN Secretary-General will convene the first-ever global humanitarian summit of this scale in Istanbul in 2016. The goal of this summit is to find new ways to tackle humanitarian needs in our fast-changing world. This three-year initiative is being managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The summit will set a new agenda for global humanitarian action. It will focus on humanitarian effectiveness, reducing vulnerability and managing risk, transformation through innovation, and serving the needs of people in conflict.

We need your input to identify and share solutions to our most pressing humanitarian challenges


Regional Consultations

In the lead up to the summit, a series of Regional Consultations will bring together individuals and groups, giving them a chance to identify humanitarian challenges and promote solutions.

In each region, individuals and organizations will have the chance to contribute their ideas in the discussion forums on this website, and in numerous events in each region.


West and Central Africa

Online consultation starts on the 5th of May 2014
Event location: Côte d’Ivoire, 19–20 June 2014

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North and Southeast Asia

Online consultation starts on the 19th of May
Event location: Japan, 23–24 July 2014

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Eastern and Southern Africa

Online consultation started on the 8th of September 2014
Event Location: Pretoria, South Africa, 27-29 October 2014

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