World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation for North and South-East Asia
The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is a major opportunity to bring people and groups together over the next two years to think through and try to find better ways to address future humanitarian challenges that happen as a result of disasters and conflicts. The WHS – and the events that lead up to it – aim to develop stronger partnerships and seek innovative solutions to persistent and new challenges.
The global summit will be held in May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. In the lead up to the summit, eight regional consultations will be held around the world to gather views about how we can jointly address future humanitarian needs. In addition, there will be online discussions on the WHS website from May 2014 onwards. The North and South-East Asia Regional Consultation will take place in Tokyo on 23 and 24 July 2014. Sixteen countries will be involved as well as other partners who work on humanitarian issues, such as the UN, NGOs, regional organizations, business and academic institutions - the sixteen countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam.
In 2013, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to coordinate the WHS, with support from Member States, other humanitarian agencies and other partners. The OCHA Regional Office for Asia & the Pacific is leading the organisation of the Regional Consultation for North and South-East Asia.
Four broad themes will guide the conversations:
- Humanitarian effectiveness
- Reducing vulnerability and managing risk
- Transformation through innovation
- Serving the needs of people in conflict
Online consultations for the North and South-East Asia region will take place from 19 May to 20 June 2014. You can sign up to participate in the online consultations. During this period, online moderators will lead discussions on each of the four themes - you may comment on any of the discussions or start new topics. You can also join the global consultation at any time.
Learn more about the World Humanitarian Summit:
- World Humanitarian Summit - FAQ on the North & South-East Asia Consultation
- World Humanitarian Summit - At a Glance
- World Humanitarian Summit - How You Can Participate Online
- World Humanitarian Summit - North & South-East Asia Consultation Timeline