The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), to take place in Istanbul in May 2016, has been preceded by a two-year (April 2014 - October 2015) consultation process that has collated best practice and innovation from the many diverse actors involved in humanitarian response. The consultation included online discussions, as well as higher-level consultation forums, such as the 2015 Pacific Regional Consultation held in Auckland. In total, over 23,000 people from 151 countries have participated in the consultation process, including representatives of Member States, multilateral organisations, NGOs, civil society organisations, the private sector, as well as affected people and communities.
The outcomes of this process were collated into a synthesis report, released by the WHS secretariat in October 2015. This report outlined five action areas for future humanitarian action:
For more information, visit the World Humanitarian Summit website. Resources include reports produced from regional, thematic and specialised consultations, frequently asked questions about the event, and news updates on relevant issues.
A key report to look out for will be the UN Secretary-General’s Report on the World Humanitarian Summit, which will shape the outcomes of the heart of the Summit process. This is set to be released on 9 February, 2016.
The Pacific Regional Consultation of the World Humanitarian Summit was held over three days – 30 June – 2 July in Auckland, New Zealand. The regional meeting builds on 92 separate consultations, with some 1,428 people in 17 countries. In total 144 participants were invited to the regional meeting from a range stakeholders including government, civil society, academics, private sector and Red Cross. A number of high level representatives attended the meeting including Hon. Murray McCully, Hon. Julie Bishop, Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga (Prime Minister of Tuvalu), Hon. Toke Talagi (Premier of Niue), Ms. Helen Clark (UNDP), Mr. Stephen O’Brien (UNOCHA), Mr. Elhadj As Sy (Secretary General of IFRC).
The countries covered under this region include Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, French territories, US territories, Australia and New Zealand.
Following the regional consultation meeting in Auckland, the Regional Steering Group is responsible for progressing implementation of the implementation of recommendations, including through the Global Consultations in the lead up to global World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016. Further inputs and support were also sought at the Pacific Humanitarian Team meeting in October 2015.
A number of reports have been produced, including:
The Co-Chair Summary of the meeting.
Click here to see a video clip of some of the highlights of the Pacific regional consultation meeting.