World Humanitarian Summit

In response to the escalating crisis the United Nations secretary-general, has convened a World Humanitarian Summit which has just begun in Istanbul. This is the first event of its kind in the 70-year history of the UN, making a direct call to world leaders to rally together and commit to end human suffering by addressing our most urgent humanitarian challenges. In 2016, nearly one in five of the 7.4 billion people on our planet live in fragile situations. This represents the highest level of suffering since World War II - and numbers are set to increase as conflict, violent extremism and natural disasters continue to cause massive global disruption.

Our Mission Partner Julia Edwards is there on behalf of Fiji among the heads of state, community leaders, businesses and humanitarian organisations to debate how we can improve our response to major humanitarian challenges and be better prepared to meet challenges of the future.

Ban Ki-moon has proposed an "Agenda for Humanity" - five key responsibilities to be at the heart of all decision-making at the global level:

Prevent and end conflict

Respect rules of war

Leave no one behind

Work differently to end need

Invest in humanity

Please pray that there will be creative responses and a commitment to real efforts in the future that will benefit those people in fragile situations.

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