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Humanitarian accountability: Rhetoric vs. reality


Zoom out from space and take a picture with a satellite. Now walk on the ground and measure the physical distance between two items in that satellite image and compare the results. That’s called ‘ground-truthing.’.... Read more

Fighting hunger with innovation in Madagascar


David Rizzi, European Commission's regional nutrition expert for the Great Lakes and eastern and southern Africa explains how using innovation can help fight malnutrition. Through a SMS-enabled platform, information on malnutrition in southern Madagascar is gathered and relayed in real time to stakeholders.... Read more

Putting children at the heart of the World Humanitarian Summit: Laal Bibi’s story


Ensuring that girls’ voices are heard in the discussions leading up to the World Humanitarian Summit is a key priority for Plan International. Laal Bibi, 16, lives with her family in an under-developed district of the Punjab province in Pakistan which was heavily impacted by floods in 2015. Following that dramatic event, she now takes part in a disaster risk reduction youth group organised by Plan International...Read more

World Humanitarian Summit: Across mandates and mind-sets


A decade ago, how many of us would believe that by 2015 nearly 88 million people worldwide would be in need of humanitarian aid with this figure still growing and growing?... Read more


Why is this important?

It's been almost 25 years since the last time the world came together to discuss humanitarian aid. In the meantime, humanitarian needs have increased in scope and diversity and the general environment has grown more complex. Against this background, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced in 2012 the organisation of a World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) – a two year process which will culminate in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016. The Summit is a rare opportunity to bring all stakeholders together and reshape the global humanitarian system for the years to come.

What are we doing?  

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is actively involved in the preparations to the Summit.

The European Commission co-organised the preparatory European consultation (Budapest, 3-4 February 2015) and has closely followed all other regional consultations. It will actively participate in the upcoming discussions in the run-up to the conference. The Commission also contributes to studies led by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and supports the work of the Summit's Secretariat.

On 2 September 2015, the Commission adopted the EU's policy paper for the Summit, a Communication called 'Towards the World Humanitarian Summit: A global partnership for principled and effective humanitarian action'. The Communication sets out the EU's strategic vision for reshaping humanitarian action ahead of the conference.

The European Commission recommends seven action areas under two overall priorities:

Priority I (Principled humanitarian action):

  1. Reaffirming humanitarian values,
  2. Ensuring access to assistance,
  3. Putting protection at the heart of response.

Priority II (Effective humanitarian action):

  1. Consensus on the basics of humanitarian effectiveness,
  2. Subsidiarity and solidarity,
  3. Efficient and sufficient funding,
  4. Partnership with the development community.

Find out more in our e-publication or read the full Communication here.

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