Notes from Briefing • World Humanitarian Summit: What Will It Mean for the Field?
Time: 8 a.m. Wednesday 23 March 2016
Guest Speaker: Stephen O’Brien, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Host: Panos Moumtzis, STAIT Director, Team Leader
The world is at a critical juncture. We are witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. Nearly 60 million people, half of them children, have been forced from their homes due to conflict and violence. The first ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) will take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May. It offers the opportunity for a major shift in how the international community addresses humanitarian crises.
The UN Secretary General’s report ‘One Humanity, Shared Responsibility’ and his ‘Agenda for Humanity’ has a variety of commitments grouped under fire core ‘responsibilities’:
Global leadership to prevent and end conflicts
Uphold the norms that safeguard humanity
Leave no one behind
Change people’s lives--from delivering aid to ending need
Invest in humanity
Therefore, the webinar mainly discusses around the following questions:
How will the World Humanitarian Summit help deliver humanitarian assistance more effectively to people that need it?
What will be the field operation?
What’s the impact WHS has on the field?
What’s the impact WHS has for affected people?
The Summit will enhance the role of local actors. Localization is very important and necessary and it is the best practice and political will. We will make sure we bring the best we can offer, receive the benefits of the action and have the ability to procure the services for the people in need and put affected people out of center.
The World Humanitarian Summit must mark a turning point and allow us to tackle challenges head on. We must seize the opportunity to re-inspire and reinvigorate our shared commitment to humanity and the universality of the humanitarian principles. We will commit to a concrete set of actions and commitments that will enable all – including member-states, affected populations, civil society, and the private sector – to better prepare for and respond to crises, and to become more resilient to shocks.
We must put affected people at the centre of all decision-making. This is the only way we can hope to alleviate the suffering of those who are at risk of being left behind. We want to find all the people we can work with and work closely with the first level people. We want to build internal community and hope women could take the lead. Giving ownership is the key to better localize. We will work on finding the concrete ways to include local people who want to work with us and give the ownership to them. We hold onto humanitarian principles and work with people rather than for people. Work closely on the five core principles.
What is it?
It is an animated humanitarian financing term the speaker created. Grand means bold; bargain means two sides. Humanitarian work needs huge amount of money. The gap between requested and funding become bigger and bigger
Q: How will it strengthen field operations? potentials of it? what you see as the most important factor?
The key is to give great confidence to the donors. Demonstrate we will spend that money well. Prove we will do it well and we can get as much as fundings towards humanitarian. Donors and operators will work together to get the collective results we want to achieve.
If you get it well with women, you get it well with humanitarian. In this case, it would be great if women go first and have humanitarian relief development.
WILL SENIOR LEADERS STRENGTHEN:
Protection in the field?
Women and children?
Recognize it the right for everyone particularly on conflict, anything we can do to make progress, decision-making… out of center
Follow Humanitarian Law (several laws mentioned), inform outside of the webinar, impact people who work for humanitarian.
We will develop strategic ways to provide protection, including sexual abuse, etc., focus very strongly to women and children, critically engage with…, give protection and encourage protection.
Shape WHS agenda, make it deliverable to the people who need it, translate mandates into reality, and acquire equal partnership.