UNSG Presents Accountability Roadmap on WHS Outcomes
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued a road map to promote accountability for commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and to report on progress attained.

Contained in a report on WHS outcomes (A/71/353), the road map was presented at a high-level briefing on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

whs22 September 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued a road map to promote accountability for commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and to report on progress attained. Contained in a report on WHS outcomes (A/71/353), the road map was presented at a high-level briefing on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

In February 2016, Ban launched the ‘Agenda for Humanity,’ providing a framework of actions to alleviate suffering, reduce risk and lessen vulnerability around the world. At the WHS in May 2016, governments, humanitarian and development organizations, civil society, businesses and other stakeholders made over 3,000 commitments to action to achieve the core responsibilities outlined in the Agenda for Humanity.

In order to promote accountability for these commitments and continue to advance the Agenda for Humanity, Ban said, the latest report presents a “simple road map.” As part of the road map, he announced: the launch of an online ‘Platform for Action, Commitments and Transformation’ (PACT), a space to report on progress and showcase results, build engagement and create new partnerships; the Secretariat will produce an annual synthesis report to assess collective progress and identify areas that may be lagging; a high-level stocktaking meeting should take place within the next five years to assess progress against the goal of reducing humanitarian needs, risk and vulnerability; and a list of other fora that Member States, civil society, and the private sector could use to advance the outcomes of the Summit.

Ban noted that humanitarian and development actors had agreed on a new way of working together towards collective outcomes. He stressed the need for “impartial, neutral and independent humanitarian action” to access people in need wherever they are, and added that WHS had “marked a clear shift towards longer-term financing and investment in humanitarian operations.”

The high-level briefing, titled ‘Beyond the World Humanitarian Summit: Advancing the Agenda for Humanity,’ took place on on 22 September 2016. [Outcome of the World Humanitarian Summit: Report of the Secretary-General] [UN Press Release] [Meeting Webcast] [UN Secretary-General’s Remarks] [Agenda for Humanity] [IISD RS Story on WHS]


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