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27 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

By Shantha Rau Barriga

Throughout the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul this week, United Nations and government officials, humanitarian actors, and nongovernmental groups uttered a constant refrain: Leave no one behind.

27 May 2016 description

By Glenn Dolcemascolo

NEW YORK, 27 May 2016 – Indigenous peoples have spotlighted the need to take their concerns into account when it comes to reducing disaster risk, notably for members of their communities with disabilities.

The devastating wildfires in Canada and the earthquakes that have shaken Ecuador are just the latest reminders of how hazards affect indigenous peoples and also of their role in preparing for, preventing and responding to disasters.

24 May 2016 description
report Malteser

Compilation of Commitments for alignment by Malteser International on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit on the basis of Core Commitments to the 7 High Level Leaders’ Roundtables as well as samples of additional Commitments laid out in WHS-Commitment documents with references to these Roundtables and last but not least Commitments and equivalents “action areas” (charters, platforms etc.) laid out with the 15 Special Sessions.

23 May 2016 description

GENEVA / ISTANBUL (23 May 2016) – Humanitarian action that places human rights at its center is key to ensure protection for all victims, today said a group of rights specialists from the largest body of independent experts* in the United Nations Human Rights system.

21 May 2016 description

Il est temps d’approuver les lignes directrices pour une réponse humanitaire inclusive

20 May 2016 description

Silver Spring, MD—The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey offers hope for an often forgotten population: the millions of people with disabilities affected by humanitarian crises. From May 23-24, the world has a unique opportunity to focus representatives of NGOs, States, and funding bodies on the needs of this population, which is made acutely vulnerable during natural disasters and conflicts.

20 May 2016 description

Endorse Global Guidelines for Inclusive Humanitarian Response

(New York) – People with disabilities face added risks of abandonment, neglect, and do not enjoy equal access to food, health care, and other assistance during conflict, displacement, and reconstruction, CBMHandicap International

19 May 2016 description

First World Humanitarian Summit – 23-24 May 2016

GENEVA (19 May 2016) – Speaking ahead of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit taking place in Istanbul next week (23-24 May), the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, urges States worldwide to take into account the rights and the needs of persons with disabilities in their humanitarian responses.

19 May 2016 description


In preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), the WHS secretariat commissioned Ipsos to conduct community consultations with crisis-affected communities in multiple focus countries. The countries chosen for the consultations were Afghanistan, Guinea, South Sudan, Syria, and Ukraine, representing a diverse range of geographic regions, humanitarian contexts, and actors.

14 May 2016 description
report CBM

Time for action for persons with disabilities at the World Humanitarian Summit

Camille Gosselin, Humanitarian Advocacy Manager of Handicap International, explains the Charter on "Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action" that will be launched during the Summit.

12 May 2016 description
report European Union
  1. The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the global community to assume its shared responsibility to save lives, alleviate suffering and preserve human dignity. The EU and its Member States welcome the powerful vision set out in the UN Secretary-General's Report "One Humanity: Shared Responsibility" and its "Agenda for Humanity".

  2. The EU and its Member States are committed to strong progress on each of the five core responsibility areas, for which core commitments have been formulated by the UN.

12 May 2016 description

I. Background

The Cluster Approach was adopted by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) as a strategy to address gaps in humanitarian response identified in the 2005 Humanitarian Response Review. The cluster system and other components of the humanitarian reform process improved the architecture and effectiveness of humanitarian response through greater predictability, accountability, responsibility and partnership in international responses to humanitarian emergencies.

10 May 2016 description

Executive summary

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, to be held in Istanbul in May 2016, provides a chance to honour that pledge and lay the foundations for a reformed humanitarian system – one that puts people at the centre of disaster response, builds resilience to crises with people affected and really does ensure that no one is left behind.

05 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Since the beginning of 2016, almost 184,500 people have crossed the Mediterranean to seek safety and protection in Europe. Of them, 154,914 arrived on Greek shores. Since last March, there has been a significant reduction in the flow of refugee and migrant populations from northern Greece due to the enforcement of more rigid border controls along with adoption of the EU-Turkey agreement.

26 Apr 2016 description

Take a look at the chart here

The ICRC helps people with disabilities through our physical rehabilitation programme and the ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled. The people we serve include victims of armed conflict, of other situations of violence, of mines and of explosive remnants of war.

We run or support physical rehabilitation services and we help people with disabilities integrate into society through such activities as sports and livelihood-support programmes.