What was the World Humanitarian Summit?
The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, which took place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016, was a global call to action by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The Summit had three main goals:
- To re-inspire and reinvigorate a commitment to humanity and to the universality of humanitarian principles.
- To initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments aimed at enabling countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises, and be resilient to shocks.
- To share best practices which can help save lives around the world, put affected people at the center of humanitarian action, and alleviate suffering.