Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the High-Level Round Table on Natural Disasters and Climate Change at the World Humanitarian Summit, in Istanbul today:
Natural disasters are having a major impact around the world. Over the past two decades, an average of 218 million people every year have been affected by natural disasters, leading to an economic impact of some $250 to 300 billion per year.
By Nichola Jones, IFRC
The closure of the Western Balkan route in February and the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal in March, which will see new arrivals in Greece and potentially returned to Turkey, has seen the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) shift its response to meet the changing needs of migrants.
Arrivals into Greece continue but have plummeted with a daily average of 47 people per day
24 May 2016
Istanbul, Turkey – Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, participated in the first World Humanitarian Summit as part of the delegation of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.
24 May 2016
GENEVA--Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, addressed the World Health Assembly today. She stressed the links between climate change and health, including those related to the spread of vector-borne diseases. Her address was followed by a technical briefing that underscored the need for multisectoral action in order to achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and agreement on a new resolution on meeting those goals.
Climate change and health
24 May 2016 – The humanitarian sector is failing to protect civilians from violence, a top UN advisor stressed today at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, Turkey.
Jan Egeland, who is at the two-day conference in his capacity as Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, is also the Special Advisor to Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, where millions of people are in besieged areas with little to no food or medical assistance.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a regional integration block, comprising 15 Member States. It has an estimated population of 293 million people (SADC 2013) with an estimated annual growth rate of 2.6 percent and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$686 billion (2013). It is estimated that nearly 40 percent of the region’s population live below the US$1 per day poverty line. This situation is exacerbated by the high prevalence of HIV and AIDS.
23-24 May 2016
Con motivo de la celebración, el 25 de mayo, del Día de África, una convocatoria que con la que se conmemora el aniversario de la fundación de la Unión Africana en 1963, Cáritas Española lanza una invitación a toda la opinión pública a reflexionar sobre los desafíos a los que se enfrenta el continente más empobrecido del planeta.
A major global network will open doors for business engagement and solutions in crisis situations
ISTANBUL, 24 May 2016 – A major global network launches today at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul to facilitate business engagement in crisis situations through pre-positioning supplies, meeting humanitarian needs and providing resources, knowledge and expertise to disaster prevention.
The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/182, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report annually to the Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance. The report is also submitted in response to Assembly resolution 70/106 and Economic and Social Council resolution 2015/14. The period covered by the report is from January to December 2015.
USAID/OFDA brinda asistencia a la población en Ecuador afectada por el terremoto
This paper draws from existing evidence to highlight how social protection programmes and systems can contribute to building the anticipatory, adaptive and absorptive capacity of vulnerable people who are exposed to climate shocks and disasters.
Istanbul, Turkey - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - A major new partnership to better prepare countries and communities for disasters is being launched today at the World Humanitarian Summit as a united response to a continuing rise in humanitarian emergencies.
The government announced an offensive to take Falluja back from Islamic State. There are concerns that some 50,000 civilians inside the city lack safe corridors to escape fighting. In Baghdad, the political crisis shows no sign of resolution: up to four people were reportedly killed and dozens injured when security forces violently dispersed a Sadrist Trend protest in Baghdad’s Green Zone.
Gavi tackling environmental challenges head on
Commitment to seek improvements in sustainability
The United States and 47 other UN member states have endorsed the joint statement below affirming the importance of and adherence to international humanitarian law at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, May 23–24.
ISTANBUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says that it will extend disaster insurance coverage to more African countries to help transform how they cope with drought and floods – from responding only after disasters strike to managing the risks before.
Brussels, 24 May 2016
On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May in Istanbul, Turkey, Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, have issued the following statement:
By Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, Turkey, 24 May 2016, 10:28 UTC
This speech was delivered at the World Humanitarian Summit on 24 May 2016 by Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen:
When thinking of how best to use my time here today, one option I seriously considered was to observe a three minute silence to mourn the demise of international norms and humanitarian law.
A coordinated approach is urgently needed when it comes to technologies, tools and models in humanitarian innovation.
The establishment of the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation will complement each organisation’s efforts, addressing innovations that can’t effectively be addressed alone.
World Vision continues to pioneer new humanitarian responses using technology, including its flagship Last Mile Mobile Solutions (LMMS) platform for beneficiary registration and aid distributions.