UN General Assembly: Turkey announced as host of 2016 World Humanitarian Summit

27 Sep 2013

At an event held during the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul.

Photo: OCHA/Paolo Palmero

Ankara - World Humanitarian Summit aims to map out a humanitarian agenda for the future that is more effective and inclusive, and which addresses the significant challenges facing the world.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu called the Summit the "most meaningful" international event ever to be held in Turkey, and extended his thanks to the Secretary-General and UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos for choosing the country to host.

Representatives from some 90 Member States, civil society, the private sector and the United Nations system have pledged their support for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, planned for 2016.

A rapidly changing world

The idea of the Summit was first raised by the Secretary-General in 2012.

The current international humanitarian system was established 25 years ago.

Since then, the landscape of humanitarian action has changed significantly. As well as growing humanitarian needs, there are now more organizations and groups working in humanitarian contexts than ever before.

In addition, new countries, like Turkey, are becoming donors and are offering support to neighbors.

World Humanitarian Summit 'At a Glance' (Source: OCHA)

Preparations for the Summit will begin early next year with a round of regional consultations.

These will provide Governments, humanitarian organizations, the UN, civil society, the private sector, technical experts and other stakeholders the chance to discuss and shape the Summit.

The consultations will centre around four key themes that were identified during a first round of outreach.

They are: humanitarian effectiveness, reducing vulnerability and managing risk, serving the needs of people in conflict, and transformation through innovation.