Post-World Humanitarian Summit

Agenda for Humanity

At the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016, leaders made over 3,700 commitments to advance the Agenda for Humanity. In their first self-reports against these commitments, 142 stakeholders described the efforts they made from June to December 2016 to realize this ambitious vision.

Annual Synthesis Report 2017

The 2017 annual synthesis full report on progress provides a summary of their collective achievements around the 5 Core Responsibilities and 24 Transformations of the Agenda for Humanity.

Executive Summary

The Executive Summary provides a cross-cutting overview of emerging trends in progress and gaps that need to be addressed. Each chapter can also be downloaded separately for an in-depth view of progress.


World Humanitarian Summit: background

Key NGO WHS commitments and calls

World Humanitarian Summit: what is ICVA doing?

World Humanitarian Summit: Questions and Answers


World Humanitarian Summit: Background

The Secretary-General announced the first World Humanitarian Summit will be held in early 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The purpose of the summit is to set a forward-looking agenda for humanitarian action to collectively address future humanitarian challenges. The aim is to build a more inclusive and diverse humanitarian system committed to humanitarian principles.

The three main goals of the summit are:

  1. Reaffirm our commitment to humanity and humanitarian principles.
  2. Initiate actions and commitments which enable countries and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and be more resilient to shocks. 
  3. Share best practices which help save lives around the world, placing affected people at the centre of humanitarian action and alleviating suffering. 

The Secretary General's Agenda for Humanity   calls on global leaders to commit to five core responsiblities:

CORE RESPONSIBILITY 1: Global leadership to prevent and end conflict.
Preventing conflicts and finding political solutions to resolve them is our first and foremost responsibility to humanity.


CORE RESPONSIBILITY 2: Uphold the norms that safeguard humanity.  Every day, civilians are deliberately or indiscriminately killed in wars. We are witnessing the erosion of 150 years of international humanitarian law.

But even wars have limits: leaders must recommit to upholding the rules that protect humanity.


CORE RESPONSIBILITY 3: Leave no one behind

The World Humanitarian Summit is the first test of our commitment to transform the lives of those most at risk of being left behind.

This means reaching everyone and empowering all women, men girls and boys to be agents of positive transformation. It means reducing displacement, supporting refugees and migrants, ending gaps in education and fighting to eradicate sexual and gender based violence.


CORE RESPONSIBILITY 4: Change people’s lives- from delivering aid to ending need

Success must now be measured by how people’s vulnerability and risk are reduced, not by how needs are met year after year. Ending need will require three fundamental shifts in the way we work:

  • Reinforce, don’t replace national system
  • Anticipate, don’t wait for crises
  • Transcend the humanitarian-development divide


CORE RESPONSIBILITY 5: Invest in Humanity

Accepting and acting upon our shared responsibilities for humanity requires political, institutional and financial investment.

As a shift is needed from funding to financing that invests in local capacities, is risk-informed, invests in fragile situations and incentivizes collective outcomes. We must also reduce the funding gap for humanitarian needs.