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 – aims 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, ongoing online discussion are taking place on the WHS website from May 2014 onwards.

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 led the organisation of the Regional Consultation for North and South-East Asia.

North and South-East Asia Regional Consultation

The North and South-East Asia Regional Consultation took place in Tokyo on 23 and 24 July 2014. More than 140 people from 16 countries of North and South-East Asia, representing Member States, local, regional and international civil society organizations, affected communities, UN agencies, regional organizations, businesses and the private sector, and academic institutions, participated in the event- the sixteen countries were 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.

Four broad themes provided a guide for the consultations:

Outcomes of the Regional Consultation

During the two-day regional consultation in Tokyo, the representatives participated actively in both plenary and workshop sessions. Delving into and expanding on the results of the preparatory stakeholder consultations organized during May and June 2014 across the region, the consultation resulted in a renewed vision of humanitarian action in North and South-East Asia in which the main focus was on affected communities, where local civil society organizations were seen to play a central role in response, and where host governments were in the driving seat.

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