The World Humanitarian Summit regional consultation for North and South-East Asia was held in Tokyo, Japan on 23 and 24 July 2014. It was co-hosted by the Government of Japan, Government of Indonesia and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). In the spirit of the summit process’ multi-stakeholder approach, the consultation brought together some 140 participants from the 16 countries of North and South-East Asia representing Member States, local, regional and international civil society organizations, affected communities, United Nations agencies, regional organizations, businesses and the private sector, and academic institutions, as well as observers from six countries that have hosted, or will host WHS consultations. The consultation was organized around the four themes of the summit, in addition to which cross-cutting issues were discussed.
Participants declared their willingness to coordinate efforts in the event of a major humanitarian crisis striking Asia. They recognized the importance of various groups including affected people, their governments and militaries, international agencies, the private sector, civil society organizations and others working together more closely in humanitarian action and thus being stronger and more effective in their collective and coordinated response to meet the needs of affected people.
Participants agreed that, for true economic recovery to occur, humanitarian action needs to move away from notions of charity and goodwill for victims and towards a greater sense of investment in empowering people to live in dignity. The importance of human security was underscored.
Participants reinforced the need for rapid development of greater coherence between WHS and the other global processes taking place between now and May 2016 (2015 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015 General Assembly, at which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) [successor to the Millennium Development Goals] are to be agreed, and the 2014 & 2015 Conferences of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change).
Participants voiced their appreciation to the Co-Chairs and Regional Steering Group members for an inclusive and consultative process leading to the final North and South-East Asia Regional Consultation in Tokyo.
The main conclusions and recommendations articulated by participants of the regional consultation are summarized below