The first World Humanitarian Summit was a landmark meeting between many nations this week in Istanbul, and sadly was not widely reported in the mainstream media. The Vatican sent a major delegation to this summit with a message from Pope Francis, with his support to encourage nations to work together for the mercy of mankind for those most in need (complete text from Pope Francis in links below). Let us join in prayer that this summit is fruitful and brings the help to so many suffering in the world.
Five Core Responsibilities of the World Humanitarian Summit
Summary Letter from the Chair of the World Humanitarian Summit:
The first World Humanitarian Summit on May 23 & 24, 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. 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…
…Civil strife and conflicts are driving suffering and humanitarian need to unprecedented levels and serious violations of international humanitarian law and abuses of international human rights law continue on an alarming scale with entire populations left without essential supplies they desperately need. Natural disasters, exacerbated by the effects of climate change, are affecting greater numbers of women, men and children than ever before, eroding development gains and jeopardizing the stability of entire countries. At the same time we have been unable to generate the resources to cope with these alarming trends, and there is a need for more direct predictable humanitarian financing…
…The Summit is a point of departure to act, but there must also be a destination – a point where our action will have helped to transform the lives of millions of people around the world. We should collectively assess progress made in taking forward the Agenda for Humanity and the commitments we have made at this Summit by 2020. We owe it to all people affected by crises and owe it to ourselves, in the name of our common humanity and our shared responsibility. Let us now turn the Agenda for Humanity into an instrument of global transformation.
First World Humanitarian Summit – Official Website – beautiful and informative
Aid officials call for overhaul of system so help reaches most needy (Catholic News Service)
Parolin at Humanitarian Summit: change of mentality needed (Vatican Radio)