By Aline Carr and Nadia Berger
The World Humanitarian Summit was initiated by the UN Secretary General to improve global humanitarian action and will culminate in Istanbul in 2016. Online discussions and live regional conferences are being held throughout the world leading up to the Summit. The online discussions are free and open to everyone. The results are being gathered and will be presented and discussed at the live regional meetings and will be used to coordinate the program at the main Summit in Istanbul.
The following events are planned or are in progress:
West and Central Africa Events:
- West and Central African Online Consultation – the moderated discussions end on 13 June, and the regional meeting in Côte d’Ivoire takes place from 19-20 June, where the discussion outcomes will be presented. Make your views heard in the forum: http://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org/whs_WC_Africa.
- Grassroots Consultations – Check out the picture gallery of the grassroots consultations in Burkina Faso: http://on.fb.me/1oWf6mM
North and Southeast Asia Events:
- Live Online Consultation on Humanitarian Response in Situations of Armed Conflict – this live online consultation on North and Southeast Asia will take place on 19 June at 4:00pm BKK time. Register here: http://phap.org/civicrm/event/info?id=217.
- Live Online Consultation on Humanitarian Effectiveness in a Changing Landscape – This live meeting was held on 12 June. Speakers included Mr Oliver Lacey-Hall, Head of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Mr Jagan Chapagain, Regional Director of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Asia Pacific zone. A recording will be made available here: http://phap.org/consultations.
- North and Southeast Asia Online Consultation – the moderated discussions are live until 20 June. The WHS regional meeting will take place in Tokyo, Japan from 23-24 July, where the discussion outcomes will be presented. Join the discussion here: http://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org/whs_NSE_asia.
- Global Online Consultation – this moderated discussion began 5 May and is in full-swing. You can join the discussion here: http://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org/whs_global.
- A new series of follow-up questions for the online consultation has been launched this week: What works and what doesn’t in local capacity development for humanitarian effectiveness? What successful examples of small-scale, innovative approaches for the humanitarian sector exist? Can they be scaled up? Share your examples of good practice here: http://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org/node/443366.
- Introductory Live Discussion – On 25 May, a live online discussion was held to introduce the WHS, the online consultation processes, and how the results will be used. It was hosted by Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) and featured Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, Chief of the WHS. A recording of the event can be heard here: http://phap.org/consultations.
Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) Involvement:
Thank you to our DHN partners who have and are providing assistance to the WHS. These include GISCorps, Statistics without Borders, Translators without Borders, CODE, Humanity Road, and everyone who has participated in the discussions and amplified the WHS Twitter and Facebook accounts. Also congratulations to Nadia Berger of Humanity Road for being chosen to be a moderator for the Global Online Consultation.
Follow hashtags #WHSummit and #reshapeaid.
If you have any questions about the World Humanitarian Summit, please contact Aline Carr or Nadia Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org.