World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation for the Pacific, Auckland, New Zealand

World Humanitarian Summit pictureThe WHS regional Consultation for the Pacific was held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 30 June to 2 July 2015. It was hosted by the Government of New Zealand and co-chaired by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand along with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). In the spirit of the summit’s multi-stakeholder approach, the meeting brought together more than 140 participants from the three sub-regions of the Pacific representing Member States of the United Nations including three Heads of State, regional organizations, civil society, affected communities, national and international non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the private sector and academia, as well as observers from five countries involved in hosting other WHS consultations.

The twin goals of the regional consultation process were to inform the global WHS agenda and outcomes by providing strong regional recommendations that could shape the long-term future of humanitarian action, and to develop more immediate region-specific recommendations that could be implemented in the lead up to the summit.

Regional Consultation for the Pacific Final Report

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Regional Consultation for the Pacific Concept Note

The co-chairs are the Governments of Australia and New Zealand and UNOCHA Regional Office for the Pacific. A Regional Steering Group was formed in January 2015 to guide the process and is made up of representatives from Pacific governments, regional organizations, UN agencies, Red Cross movement, academia, civil society, faith-based organizations and the private sector.

Preparatory consultations are currently underway across the region until mid-May. Consultations will be captured in a stakeholder analysis report and used to guide discussions and outcomes at the regional consultation meeting in Auckland. Priority will be given to the perspectives of people affected by disasters and those of grassroots or civil society organizations. To engage with or host consultations in your community, sector or country, please contact pacific@whsummit.org.

Countries in this consultation: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna Islands.

Stakeholder analysis report
In preparation for the Auckland meeting, extensive stakeholder consultations were held across the region to identify priority humanitarian challenges and opportunities. A total of 1,428 people were consulted in 17 countries, from disaster-affected communities and government officials to local civil society groups and international humanitarian organizations. Six key issues were identified for further discussion in Auckland.

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World Humanitarian Summit
The World Humanitarian Summit is an initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General. The first global summit on humanitarian action of this size and scope, it will be held in Istanbul on 26 – 27 May 2016. The goal of this summit is to bring the global community together to commit to new ways of working together to save lives and reduce hardship around the globe.

The World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul on 26 – 27 May 2016. In the two years leading up to the summit, extensive consultations will be held to gather the perspectives, priorities and recommendations of all stakeholders on what must be done to make humanitarian action fit for the future. In 2014 and 2015, eight regional consultations will be held to gather views from around the world about how we can jointly address future needs:

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To be a success the World Humanitarian Summit must represent the widest range of perspectives and experiences and there are many possibilities for you or your organization to get involved. Inputs are needed from everyone, including civil society organizations, NGOs, member states, volunteer networks, the private sector, and, most importantly, people affected by humanitarian crises.

There are many ways for you to share your ideas and make your views heard. Get involved and be part of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. For more information, please visit the Get Involved page.

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