On the 23rd and 24th of May 2016, the first ever United Nations World Humanitarian Summit will convene in Istanbul for a two-day session to improve humanitarian action around the world. Global leaders will participate in several high-level roundtable talks as well as a number of special sessions and side events in hopes of reinvigorating commitment to humanitarian efforts and initiating concrete actions and commitments to better prepare for and respond to crises by sharing best practices and putting those affected at the centre of humanitarian action.
In anticipation of the event, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has outlined the Summit’s five key responsibilities: the prevention and end of conflict, upholding the norms that safeguard humanity, leaving no one behind, working differently to end need, and investing in humanity.
Included in these responsibilities, commitment to children is of utmost importance, especially in light of the unprecedented levels of forced displacement across the globe which has put hundreds of thousands of children in harm’s way. Children in today’s global migrant crisis situation are vulnerable to being separated from their families, neglected, physically or sexually abused, injured, trafficked or economically exploited, not to mention the negative impacts on education that such crises represent.
“Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center considers sustained commitment to humanitarian action vital to protecting the lives and rights of children. The Director-General of “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center, Mr. Joseph Varughese supports the efforts of the UN World Humanitarian Summit and hopes the Summit will lead to committed, concrete action on the crises facing children worldwide.
Of the thousands of global leaders in attendance, representatives of “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center will be in attendance, in hopes of changing the narrative on displacement and showing compassion for some of the most deprived children by placing protection and education at the heart of humanitarian response.