World Humanitarian Summit Attendees Expected To Discuss Funding, Coordination, Measures

Devex: The World Humanitarian Summit: What to expect
“Some 5,000 representatives from nongovernmental organizations, foundations, aid agencies, and dozens of United Nations member states will gather for the first World Humanitarian Summit next week. … At issue are a host of thorny debates about how to fund, organize, coordinate, and account for humanitarian aid. Discussions are expected to focus on how to make limited resources stretch further, for longer, and in situations that show no signs of resolving soon…” (Dickinson/Saldinger, 5/19).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: FACTBOX — Humanitarian aid rises to record $28 bln in 2015
“International humanitarian assistance given last year totaled a record $28 billion, new figures show in the run-up to the first World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey next week. Independent U.K.-based research organization Development Initiatives, which released the data on Thursday, said 2015 saw the third consecutive annual rise in funding…” (Rowling, 5/19).

U.N. News Centre: FEATURE: U.N. aid chief calls on leaders to ‘make commitments for the future’ at World Humanitarian Summit
“Commitments to strengthening the humanitarian system so that preparedness and resilience are taken more seriously, with local response at the heart of the efforts, are the focus of next week’s World Humanitarian Summit according to the United Nations aid chief. ‘The Summit is a way of saying let’s come together, let’s really understand how we can work better, let’s make commitments for the future,’ Stephen O’Brien, the under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs, told the U.N. News Centre ahead of the first-ever gathering of its kind, which will take place in Turkey on 23 and 24 May…” (5/19).

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