Nations, NGOs, Others Pledge Multiple Commitments At Inaugural World Humanitarian Summit; U.N.’s Ban Calls For Action

IRIN: Is the Grand Bargain a Big Deal?
“The ‘Grand Bargain’ is the name for a package of reforms to humanitarian funding, launched at the World Humanitarian Summit. Thirty representatives of donors and aid agencies produced 51 ‘commitments’ to make emergency aid finance more efficient and effective. To some it hasn’t gone nearly far enough. Others say, given a few short months, the bureaucracies did well to find so much to agree on…” (Parker, 5/24).

U.N. News Centre: WHS: Humanitarian summit has ‘set new course,’ says Ban, calling for action on commitments
“Hailing the global community’s achievements at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [Tuesday] called for commitments made to be taken forward for transformative change from the top down and from the ground up…” (5/24).

U.N. News Centre: WHS: New charter for persons with disabilities endorsed at U.N. humanitarian summit
“…The Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action urges government representatives as well as leaders of non-governmental organizations and funding bodies to ensure that their future humanitarian actions will be inclusive of people with disabilities, based on five principals…” (5/24).

U.N. News Centre: WHS: Humanitarian aid is ‘failing’ — in an interview, U.N. adviser tells why
“The humanitarian sector is failing to protect civilians from violence, a top U.N. adviser 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 adviser to Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. special envoy for Syria, where millions of people are in besieged areas with little to no food or medical assistance…” (5/24).

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