2016 World Humanitarian Summit


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The first ever World Humanitarian Summit is an opportunity to face up to global challenges and improve global leadership and political will in order to put an end to conflicts, alleviate suffering and reduce risk. It will take place in Istanbul (Turkey)

United Nations Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, has called for a global response to alleviating the suffering of millions of women, men, boys and girls affected by the humanitarian crisis.


  • Reinvigorate and reaffirm the commitment to humankind and the universality of humanitarian principles.
  • Create a set series of actions and agreements designed to allow countries and communities to be better prepared, to respond to crises and to become more resilient to adverse events and situations.
  • Share innovation and best practice which could help save lives across the globe, put those affected at the centre of humanitarian action and alleviate suffering.

Key Themes

The summit will address key themes such as the political leadership required to prevent and put an end to conflict, the fight for standards in the preservation of humanity, racial equality, forced displacement, natural disasters, how to move away from simply delivering humanitarian aid towards helping people resolve their own needs and provide humanitarian funding.


More than 5,000 participants are expected at the summit. This includes Heads of State and Government, the communities affected by the crisis, private sector leaders, the heads of multilateral organisations, national and international non-governmental organisations, youth leaders, and representatives from civil society and the academic community.

Further Information

World Humanitarian Summit ’16