The OECD at the World Humanitarian Summit


World Humanitarian Summit • Istanbul • 23-24 May 2016


whs logo new ‌The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. This is why, for the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 23 -24 May. The Summit focuses on seven main challenges that reflect the mounting complexity of crisis response and the intertwining between humanitarian needs, development and conflict prevention.
The OECD believes that the World Humanitarian Summit is an excellent opportunity to support our members to deliver on the promises that will emerge.

The Grand Bargain was launched by the UN Secretary General at the World Humanitarian Summit.


The OECD will make commitments on two High Level Leaders’ Roundtables and one Special Session at the Summit:

  •  Leaving no one behind – A commitment to address forced displacement
  •  Humanitarian financing – Investing in Humanity
  • Risk and vulnerability analysis

 The members of the International Network on Conflict and Fragility will make a joint commitment on one High Level Leaders’ Roundtable:

  •  Changing people’s lives – From delivering Aid to ending needs

Download the OECD commitments 

The OECD is supporting its members in delivering on their commitment to enhance aid effectiveness and provide smarter and more targeted support in fragile, conflict affected situations and protracted humanitarian crises. This set of briefs reflects the latest contribution in this effort.

 OECD Side events

Our Commitment to Preventing Needs: Unpacking and Scaling up Resilience Approaches, 24 May will focus on reviewing experiences and best practices of resilience approaches, and identify those action that can be scaled up to deliver on the World Humanitarian commitment in regard to core commitment 1 (Global leadership to prevent and end conflicts), 3 (Leave no one behind), 4 (Change people’s lives – From delivering aid to ending need) and 5 (Invest in humanity). This event is organised in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 

Our Collective Contribution to Building Peaceful and Inclusive Societies and Sus­tainable Development in the 2030 Era, 24 May will discuss what ‘bridging the humanitarian – development divide’ looks like in practice  and especially how they can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs, and how Development and Humanitarian actors can forge more effective partnerships notably through joint analysis and the joint definition of desirable results. This side event is organised by the International Dialogue, UNDP and Germany.

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