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Global process

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), to take place in Istanbul in May 2016, has been preceded by a two-year (April 2014 - October 2015) consultation process that has collated best practice and innovation from the many diverse actors involved in humanitarian response. The consultation included online discussions, as well as higher-level consultation forums, such as the 2015 Pacific Regional Consultation held in Auckland. In total, over 23,000 people from 151 countries have participated in the consultation process, including representatives of Member States, multilateral organisations, NGOs, civil society organisations, the private sector, as well as affected people and communities.

The outcomes of this process were collated into a synthesis report, released by the WHS secretariat in October 2015. This report outlined five action areas for future humanitarian action:

  1. Dignity: Empower people to cope and recover with dignity through humanitarian action that puts people at its heart, delivers equally for women and girls, reaches everyone, invests in youth and children, and protects and enables people as the primary agents of their own response.
  2. Safety: Keep people safe from harm by putting protection at the centre of humanitarian action, increasing political action to prevent and end conflict, preventing and putting an end to violations of international humanitarian law, and ensuring humanitarian action is not instrumentalized.
  3. Resilience: Build hope and solutions for people in new or prolonged crises through collective action by humanitarian, development and other partners to strengthen people’s resilience to crises, by investing in preparedness, managing and mitigating risk, reducing vulnerability, finding durable solutions for protracted displacement, and adapting to new threats.
  4. Partnerships: Build diverse and inclusive partnerships that reaffirm the core humanitarian principles, support effective and people-driven humanitarian action, enable first responders to take a leadership role, and leverage the power of innovation.
  5. Finance: Ensure sufficient and more efficient use of resources to preserve life, dignity and resilience in crises through new and diverse funding sources and expanded support to local organizations. For more information on this action area, see the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, launched on 17 January, 2016.

For more information, visit the World Humanitarian Summit website. Resources include reports produced from regional, thematic and specialised consultations, frequently asked questions about the event, and news updates on relevant issues.

A key report to look out for will be the UN Secretary-General’s Report on the World Humanitarian Summit, which will shape the outcomes of the heart of the Summit process. This is set to be released on 9 February, 2016.

Pacific Regional Consultation 


World Humanitarian Summit Auckland picture cropped

The World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation for the Pacific was held from 30 June to 2 July in Auckland, New Zealand. This was the seventh of eight regional consultations held ahead of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul in May 2016. More than 140 participants attended the meeting, including representatives of Member States, regional organizations, civil society, affected communities, NGOs, UN agencies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the private sector and academia. Credit: OCHA/Scott Taylor

The Pacific Regional Consultation of the World Humanitarian Summit was held over three days – 30 June – 2 July in Auckland, New Zealand. The regional meeting builds on 92 separate consultations, with some 1,428 people in 17 countries. In total 144 participants were invited to the regional meeting from a range stakeholders including government, civil society, academics, private sector and Red Cross. A number of high level representatives attended the meeting including Hon. Murray McCully, Hon. Julie Bishop, Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga (Prime Minister of Tuvalu), Hon. Toke Talagi (Premier of Niue), Ms. Helen Clark (UNDP), Mr. Stephen O’Brien (UNOCHA), Mr. Elhadj As Sy (Secretary General of IFRC).

The countries covered under this region include Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, French territories, US territories, Australia and New Zealand.

Following the regional consultation meeting in Auckland, the Regional Steering Group is responsible for progressing implementation of the implementation of recommendations, including through the Global Consultations in the lead up to global World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016. Further inputs and support were also sought at the Pacific Humanitarian Team meeting in October 2015.


A number of reports have been produced, including:

The Co-Chair Summary of the meeting.

The Initial Pacific Regional Scoping Paper

Preparatory Stakeholder Analysis

ODI: Humanitarian Trends and Challenges for the Pacific Region

Report: Regional Consultation for the Pacific 


Click here to see a video clip of some of the highlights of the Pacific regional consultation meeting.