World Humanitarian Summit

Istanbul: 23-24 May 2016

The World Humanitarian Summit represents a significant moment of reflection for the humanitarian sector, and more importantly, an opportunity for change. The outcome of the Summit will be an important part of a broader conversation that started in the consultation process and must extend long after the Summit itself.

For more than 150 years, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (the Movement) has been driven by the power of humanity. From building food security among drought-affected people in Kenya to caring for the elderly in Australia, from treating the sick and the wounded in Yemen to searching for victims of the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, we work to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Our model of action – grounded in our Fundamental Principles, our community-based volunteers, our specific relationship with Governments in the humanitarian field, our proximity to the people we work with, and our global networks of solidarity – has brought protection and assistance to millions of people in crisis.

However, like many of our humanitarian partners, we find ourselves at a moment of reflection. We are confronted with armed conflicts that are increasingly complex in nature, longer in duration and wider in their regional and global impact. Disasters are becoming increasingly severe, driven in part by climate change and compounded by rising population growth and density. The number of persons displaced by these and similar crises is higher than any time since the Second World War and many migrants face extreme dangers and hardships along their journey. Meanwhile, some 60 per cent of the world’s preventable maternal deaths and 53 per cent of under-five deaths are concentrated in settings of conflict, disaster and displacement. Recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika virus disease have pointed to significant limits in the global capacity to contain and control health emergencies.

On the eve of the 32nd International Conference, the Movement adopted a “Message to the World Humanitarian Summit,” which sets out four areas of particular concern for the debates in Istanbul.

Protect the dignity

of every human and improve humanitarian access

The dignity of every person is at the centre of the principle of humanity.

Affirm the complementarity

of local, national and international action

By leveraging the strengths of local, national, and international actors, we extend our reach and effectiveness.

Take the long view

of people’s needs

As humanitarians, we are increasingly called to address long-term needs.

Recognize and enable

different humanitarian systems

Calls have rightly been made to improve coordination and information sharing, reduce duplication and identify cost savings in the humanitarian sector.

IFRC @ World Humanitarian Summit

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The cost of 'wait and see' – three things the world needs from the World Humanitarian Summit

By Stephen O’Brien and Elhadj As Sy / The World Post

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UN aid summit urged to invest more in avoiding costly disasters

By Megan Rowling / Thomson Reuters Foundation

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Can cash lead the revolution that the humanitarian system so badly needs?

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We can work differently – and here’s how

By Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary General for Partnership / Thomson Reuters Foundation

To boldly go…

To boldly go…

By Shaun Hazeldine, Innovation Lead / Thomson Reuters Foundation

The World Humanitarian Summit and the humanitarians at home

The World Humanitarian Summit and the humanitarians at home

By David Fisher, Policy, Research and Diplomacy Unit / Thomson Reuters Foundation

Agenda

Monday 23 May

High-level roundtables

Humanitarian Financing – Investing in Humanity

Time: 13:45-15:45, Room: Beyazit Hall (ICC)
Speaker: Osvaldo Ferrero, IFRC Vice President

Leaving no one behind - A commitment to address forced displacement

Time: 13:45-15:45, Room: Emirgan Hall (ICC)
Speaker: Peter Maurer, ICRC President

Special sessions

Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities into Humanitarian Action

Time: 16:00-17:00, Room: Beyazit Hall (ICC)
Speaker: Doàn Van Thái, Secretary General, Vietnam Red Cross

Global Health

Time: 17:15-18:15, Room: Emirgan Hall (ICC)
Repondent: Esperenza Martinez, ICRC head of health
Closing remarks: Elhadj As Sy, IFRC Secretary General

Special events

Grand Bargain

Time: 17:00-18:15, Room: ICC Theatre
Speaker: Peter Maurer, ICRC President
Speaker: Elhadj As Sy, IFRC President
Sherpa: Jemilah Mahmood, IFRC Under Secretary General

Side events

The Meeting of the Red Crescent Red Cross Societies of OIC Member Countries

Time: 08:30-10:00, Room: Rumeli Hall 4, LKCC

Co-hosted by: Turkish Red Crescent Society and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Humanity, Shared Responsibilities: Evidence for Religious Groups’ Contributions to Humanitarian Response

Time: 08:30-10:00, Room: Rumeli Hall 6, LKCC

Speaker: Mohammad Shahabeddin Mohammadi Araghi, Under Secretary General, International Affairs and IHL Iranian Red Crescent Society

Linking Humanitarian, Disaster Risk Management and Peacebuilding Approaches

Time: 08:30-10:00, Room: Hisar, LKCC

Speaker: Hugo Slim, head of policy, ICRC

Principled Engagement with Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) for Humanitarian Purposes

Time: 11:00-12:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 4, LKCC

Speaker: Robert Mardini, Regional Director, Near and Middle East

Developing Common Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination Standards

Time: 11:00-12:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 1, LKCC

Speaker: Mike Adamson, CEO, British Red Cross

People at the Centre: How Does This Work in Practice

Time: 13:00-14:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 9, LKCC

Co-hosted by: Kenya Red Cross Society, American Red Cross, CDAC Network, UNHCR Innovation, and UNICEF

Quality and Accountability: It is not Enough to do the Things Right, the Righ Things Have to be Done

Time: 13:00-14:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 3, LKCC

Speaker: Yves Daccord, ICRC Director General

Volunteers as first responders

Time: 15:00-16:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 6, LKCC

Co-hosted by United Nations Volunteers and the IFRC.

Speakers: Elhadj As Sy, IFRC Secretary General. Gwendolyn Pang, Secretary General of Philippine Red Cross. Mere Nailatikau, youth representative, Fiji Red Cross

Time to Collaborate: Enabling Local Leaders

Time: 15:00-16:30, Room: Rumeli Hall  8 (150 – Theatre), LKCC

Speaker: Jemilah Mahmood, IFRC Under Secretary General

Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas and the Need to Better Protect Civilian

Time: 15:00-16:30, Room: Hisar, LKCC

Speaker: Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy, ICRC

Jointly Addressing Humanitarian Challenges: Inclusive Leadership in Humanitarian Actions

Time: 17:00-18:30, Room: Marmara, LKCC

Co-hosted by: IFRC, ICRC, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Research, Development International, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, ODI

Speakers: Xavier Castelanos, IFRC Regional Director, Asia Pacific. Yves Daccord, ICRC Director General

Official Launch of SMEs for Humanity (SME4H)

Time: 17:00-18:30, Room: Dolmabahce C

Speaker: Robert Mardini, Regional Director, Near and Middle East

Reducing humanitarian needs : peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflicts

Time: 1700-1830, Room Rumeli Hall 7

Speaker: Hugo Slim, head of policy, ICRC

Tuesday 24 May

High-level roundtables

Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity

Time: 09:00-11:00, Room: Emirgan Hall (ICC)

Speaker: Peter Maurer, ICRC president

Natural Disasters and Climate Change – Managing Risks and Crises Differently

Time: 09:00-11:00, Room: Beyazit Hall (ICC)

Speaker: Elhadj As Sy, IFRC Secretary General

Women and Girls – Catalyzing Action to Achieve Gender Equality

Time: 11:30-13:30, Room: Emirgan Hall (ICC)

Speaker: Tadateru Konoé, IFRC president

Special sessions

Humanitarian Principles

Time: 11:30-12:30, Room: Beyazit Hall (ICC)

Panelist: Fatima Gailani, President of the Afghan Red Crescent Society

Transforming Humanitarian Action with and for Young People

Time: 14:30-15:30, Room: Emirgan Hall (ICC)

Panelist: Bas Van Rossum, Chair of the IFRC Youth Commission

People at the centre

Time: 14:30-15:30, Room: Beyazit Hall (ICC)

Respondent: Marwan Al Awar, Disaster Management Coordinator, Lebanese Red Cross Society

Connecting Business

Time: 16:00-17:00, Room: Emirgan Hall (ICC)

Respondent: Garry Conille, IFRC Under Secretary General

Side events

Value-Based Education: Guiding the Next Generation Towards Humanitarian Principles - Also in Emergencies

Time: 09:00-10:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 8, LKCC

Co-hosted by Switzerland and the IFRC

Speakers: Werner Kerschbaum, Secretary General of the Austrian Red Cross. Marie-Esther Rouffet, Member of the IFRC Youth Commission. Garry Conille, IFRC Under Secretary General

Making IHL Work for Women and Girls

Time: 09:00-10:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 9, LKCC

Speaker: Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy, ICRC

African Union high level panel on humanitarian effectivness in Africa

Time: 0900-1030, Room Hisar

Speaker: Yves Daccord, ICRC Director General

Experience Sharing of Humanitarian Aid Workers and Victims of Humanitarian Crisis: Share Humanity

Time: 09:30-12:30, Room: Topkapi A

Speaker: Jemilah Mahmood, IFRC Under Secretary General

Everywhere for Everyone: Promoting the Dignity and Safety of People who Migrate

Time: 11:00-12:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 2

Hosted by the IFRC, ICRC, Turkish Red Crescent Society.

Speakers: Yves Daccord, ICRC Director-General. Francesco Rocca, IFRC Vice President. Frehiwot Worku, Secretary General, Ethiopian Red Cross Society. Dr. Naci Yorulmaz, Vice President, Turkish Red Cross Society. Hala Mohammed, Youth President and Vice President of the Board, Swedish Red Cross Society

Innovation in Humanitarian Financing – Case: Humanitarian Impact Bonds

Time: 11:00-12:30, Room: Hisar

Speaker: Peter Maurer, ICRC president

The Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons: Key Findings on the Consequences and Risks of and the Response Capabilities Regarding Nuclear Weapons Explosions

Time: 11:00-12:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 5

Speaker: Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy, ICRC

Localizing Humanitarian Aid: Building Resilient Networks, Systems, organizations and people

Time: 13:00-14:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 2

Speaker: Garry Conille, IFRC Under Secretary General

ASEAN-UN Partnership Moving Forward

Time: 13:00-14:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 5
Speaker: Jemilah Mahmood, IFRC Under Secretary General

Provisions & Ethics of War In Islam and International Humanitarian Law

Time: 13:00-14:30, Room: Marmara

Hosted by Qatar Red Crescent

Adopting and Systematizing Settlement-Based Approaches in Humanitarian Responses in Urban Crisis

Time: 13:00-14:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 1

Speaker: Graham Saunders, Head Shelter and settlements department, IFRC

Top Five (innovations)

Time: 15:00-18:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 2

Hosted by American Red Cross, IFRC, and ICRC.

The Safe Schools Declaration: Protecting Education from Attack during Armed Conflict

Time: 15:00-16:30, Room: Rumeli Hall 1

Speaker: Pierre Gentille, Head “Health Care in Danger” project

An overlooked crisis in a neglected region: how to durably end suffering in the Lake Chad basin?

Time : 1500-1630, Room: Rumeli Hall 1

Speaker: Yves Daccord, ICRC Director General

Strenghtening visibilty, inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action

Time: 1700-1830, Room: Marmara

Speaker: Guilhem Ravier, head of protection of civilians unit, ICRC