Standing up for Humanity: Commitment to Action

Takeshi Komino | May 25, 2016

Takeshi Komino speaks at a side event at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. Photo courtesy Takeshi Komino.

Takeshi Komino speaks at a side event at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. Photo courtesy Takeshi Komino.

The first World Humanitarian Summit from May 23-24 in Istanbul convened 9,000 participants from 173 countries, and the Summit reaffirmed to restore humanity at all levels.

The Chair’s summary was issued, which emphasizes acting early to prevent conflict, addressing the root causes of conflict, adhering to international humanitarian law and strengthening the role of local actors in leading humanitarian action.

The advocacy by ACT Alliance and other networks led to the commitment that to channel 25 percent of financing to national and local responders as directly as possible by 2020.

From Japan, we are proud to have gathered a multi-sector endeavor on innovation which will definitely pave a way for further collaboration from now on.  Now we have government, private sector, academic and NGO actors as part of one big force to work together towards generating solutions to the issues that hamper the lives of people affected by crisis.

The journey to solving the unresolved issues have just begun!

Takeshi Komino is the General Secretary of CWS Japan.