What is the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS)?
It’s a global call to action and has three main goals:
1-. Reaffirm the UN System’s commitment to humanity and humanitarian principles.
2-. Initiate actions and commitments, which enable countries and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and be more resilient to shocks.
3-. Share best practices, which help save lives around the world, placing affected people at the center of humanitarian action and alleviating suffering.
Why now this 1st WHS? The world is at a critical juncture. We are witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. Nearly 60 million people, half of them children, have been forced from their homes due to conflict and violence. The human and economic cost of disasters caused by natural hazards is also escalating. In the last two decades, 218 million people each year were affected by disasters; at an annual cost to the global economy, that now exceeds $300 billion. And yet never before has humanitarian action delivered so much for so many vulnerable people around the world. But, unless a more effective ways to address their suffering is adopted, we cannot aspire to a world of peace, security and sustainable development where no one is left behind. Decisive, collective action is needed to uphold our shared responsibility to save lives and enable people to live lives of dignity.
We are witnessing the greatest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime. The World Humanitarian Summit is our chance to end it. WHS (23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey) will be held at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) and side events will be held in the adjacent Lutfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Center (LKCC).
Over 5,000 participants are expected, including Heads of State and Government, and leaders from crisis-affected communities, CEOs from the private sector, heads of multilateral organizations, international and national NGOs, youth representatives, civil society, diaspora, civil-military, and academia.
The Summit will bring together governments, humanitarian organizations, people affected by humanitarian crises and new partners including the private sector to propose solutions to the most pressing challenges and set an agenda to keep humanitarian action fit for the future. Therefore, at the Summit, world leaders from Government, business and civil society will announce commitments to deliver on the Agenda for Humanity, and launch new initiatives to address pressing needs that were identified during the consultation process. Commitments will also be gathered through an online Commitments Platform. This will result in a set of actions that will enable the world to better prepare for and respond to crises, and become more resilient to shocks. The implementation of the commitments should begin right away. The Secretary-General has called for real progress within the next three years.
How will all this set of actions become reality?
In the report of the panel informing on this WHS, it’s said that Global Tax is to be established that will go to the United Nations. This is not the first time such a tax has been suggested. A 2011 UN Development Program report made an overt call for a Global UN Tax and such an idea has been on the agenda for decades. Why? Because the UN System wants its own money, and not to rely on voluntary contributions from governments. In this way the UN System, having its own independent revenue stream, will be unchecked in its options and actions.
The proposal is to tax airline tickets, any change of foreign money, large banks when they make foreign financial transactions. What will done with billions in taxes raised? Bring about with impunity all the decisions taken in the UN System administration and impose them on all countries!
Civil society welcomes the 1st WHS idea and program, but it is reluctant to leave all the Summit conclusions in the hands of the UN System administration which will have an uncontrolled power of how, where and when to implement them.