Six people killed and thousands affected by mudflows in Tajikistan.
Escalation of conflicts across the region.
Customs Agreements signed in Armenia and Tajikistan to facilitate aid delivery in case of large-scale emergencies.
Remittances continue declining across the region.
UN peacebuilding project launched to reduce crossborder clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
First World Humanitarian Summit succeeded
WHS, a once-in-a-generation chance to transform the humanitarian system
The first World Humanitarian Summit that took place on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul convened 9,000 participants from 173 Member States, including 55 Heads of State and Government, hundreds of private sector representatives, and thousands of people from civil society and nongovernmental organizations.
Participation at the World Humanitarian Summit
9,000 Participants 173 UN Member States 55 Heads of State & Government 77 NGOs 350 Private sector organizations 1000 Media
The United Nations in its 70 years has never come together at this scale, with this many different stakeholders, to discuss the pressing challenges that are resulting in so much suffering today.
One of the most concrete outcome of the summit was the top 30 donors and aid agencies signing a so-called “Grand Bargain” to make aid more efficient. The Grand Bargain envisages, among others, localization of finance and directing 25 percent of humanitarian funding to local and national agencies.
Another important outcome was the launch of “Education Cannot Wait” fund, which aims to fulfil children’s right to be in school in times of crises. Over 75 million children and young people (aged 3-18) are currently out of school in 35 crisis-affected countries. Communities highlight the importance of education during emergencies, yet education appeals receive less than 2% of humanitarian funding. The fund aims to raise $3.85 billion over five years, and already has $90 million in contributions from a number of donors.
Caucasus and Central Asia region was represented by the presidents of Azerbaijan,
Georgia and Kyrgyzstan; the deputy prime ministers of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, as well as at ambassadorial and ministerial level for Armenia and Kazakhstan.
World leaders made statements and outlined their commitment to action.
Key commitments made at the Summit are also available in the UN Secretary-General’s Summary Report.
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