World Humanitarian Summit: Special Sessions

Monday, May 23, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (All day)

World Humanitarian Summit: Special Sessions

Meetings Timeline

Past Meetings

Monday, 23 May 20164:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Religious Engagement: The Contributions of Faith Communities to Our Shared Humanity

Beylerbeyi (ICC)

Representatives of religious groups, community-based, and international religious organizations, together with political leaders, and other humanitarian stakeholders, will come together to critically examine respective activities and comparative advantages as key stakeholders in global, national, and local humanitarian action and response efforts, peacebuilding and long-term resilience.


Azza Karam
United Nations Task Force
on Religion and
Development; and UNFPA


Vinya Ariyatratne

His All Holiness
Ecumenical Patriarch

Faisal Bin Abdulrahman
Bin Muaammar, KAICIID

Albrecht Boeselager
Chancellor, Sovereign Order
of Malta

Deborah Boudreaux
Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation

Hany El-Banna
The Humanitarian Forum

Mehmet Görmez
President of Religious
Affairs, Turkey

Benjamin Laniado

Gerd Muller
Minister, Federal Republic of

Alaa Murabit
Islamic Action Group

John Nduna
Act Alliance

Allen Ottaro
Catholic Youth Network for
Environmental Sustainability

Antti Pentikäinen
Network of Religious and
Traditional Leaders and

Sheikh Ibrahim Sesay
Islamic Action Group

Sara Sewall
US Department of State

Rajwant Singh
Eco Sikh

Cardinal Antonio Tagle
Caritas International

Monday, 23 May 20164:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities into Humanitarian Action

Beyazit Hall (ICC)

This Special Session will advance global political commitments and concrete actions to make humanitarian action more inclusive of persons with disabilities, ensuring that the World Humanitarian Summit priority to “leave no one behind” is realized in Istanbul and beyond

Catalina Devandas,
Special Rapporteur on
the Rights of the Persons
with Disabilities


Florence Daunis
Deputy Director,
Handicap International

Colin Allen
Incoming chair,
International Disability
Alliance and President
World Federation of the

Nelly Caleb
Co-chair Pacific Disability

Rose Obol Achayo
Representative of
persons with disabilities
caught in conflicts
Network of African
Women with Disability

Monday, 23 May 20164:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Migrants and Humanitarian Action

Emirgan Hall (ICC)

The Special Session will seek commitments from source and host countries to put in place adequate measures to more effectively protect and assist vulnerable migrants stranded in countries in crisis situations, and migrants in mixed migration flows. The Session will look forward to the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in September 2016 and build support for the actions and pledges needed to effect a step change in the global response to migration flows.


Imran Garda, TRT World


Keynote Address:

Jan Eliasson
UN Deputy Secretary

Mr. Shahidul Haque
Foreign Secretary
Bangladesh and GFMD

Ambassador Beate
Commissioner on
Refugees and Migration,

Hon. Karina Gould
Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister of
Development, Canada

Scalabriniano Juan Luis
Secretario Adjunto de
Pastoral de Movilidad
Humana de la
Conferencia Episcopal

Johan Ketelers
Secretary General
International Catholic
Migration Commission

William Lacy Swing
Director General,
International Organization
for Migration

Monday, 23 May 20164:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises

Uskudar 1+2 (ICC)

This Special Session will produce commitments and concrete actions as part of the global efforts to prioritize education in emergencies and protracted crisis, including the launch of the Education Crisis Platform.


Gordon Brown
UN Special Envoy for
Global Education


Elias Abu Saab
Minister of Education and
Higher Education, Lebanon

Nabi Avci
Minister of Education,

Børge Brende
Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Rawdanur Cuma
Youth Representative,
Malala Fund

Maker Famba Mwangu
Minister of Primary,
Secondary and Vocational
Training, Democratic
Republic of the Congo

Julia Gillard
Chair, Global Partnership
for Education

Justine Greening
Secretary of State for
International Development,

Anthony Lake
Executive Director,

Neven Mimica
European Commissioner
for International
Development and

Sheikha Moza bint
Chairperson and Founder,
Education Above All

Gayle Smith
Administrator of the United
States Agency for
International Development

Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Chief Executive, Save the
Children International

Monday, 23 May 20165:15 PM to 6:15 PM

Global Alliance for Urban Crises

Uskudar 1+2 (ICC)

During this Special Session the Global Alliance for Urban Crises will be formally launched in order to bring high-level attention to the increasingly urban dimension of humanitarian crises and to advocate for adaptation of global crisis response to an increasingly urban world.


Mayor Kadir Topbas
Mayor of Istanbul and
President of United Cities
and Local Governments

Joan Clos
Under-Secretary General,
UN-Habitat and
Habitat III


Lyse Doucet
Chief International
Correspondent, BBC

Sean Penn
Chairman and founder of
J/P HRO and
Ambassador at Large for

Baroness Verma,
Parliamentary Under
Secretary of State at the
Department for
Development, United

Fatimetou Mint Abdel
Mayor of Tevragh-Zeina,

Alfred Romualdez
Mayor of Tacloban

David Miliband
President of the
International Rescue

Monday, 23 May 20165:15 PM to 6:15 PM

Regional Action for Global Challenges

Beyazit Hall (ICC)

This Special Session will allow high-level representatives of Regional Organizations and other stakeholders to present examples of regional approaches to recent crises and identify challenges and opportunities for regional organizations in the evolving humanitarian system.


Sara Pantuliano
Managing Director,
Overseas Development


Heads or high-level
representatives of the
following Regional
Organizations and
Regional Disaster
Management Agencies:

Association of South
East Asian Nations

Organisation of Islamic

African Union

League of Arab States

Pacific Islands Forum

European Commission
Humanitarian Aid and
Civil Protection

Authority on

Secretariat of the
Pacific Community

Central American
Coordination Centre for
Natural Disaster

Economic Community
of West African States

Caribbean Disaster
Management Agency

Monday, 23 May 20165:15 PM to 6:15 PM

Islamic Social Finance

Beylerbeyi (ICC)

This Special Session will focus on securing commitments from different stakeholders to diversify the humanitarian resource base and funding architecture to include new and emerging donors from faith-based funding, specifically from Islamic Social Finance.

H.R.H. Sultan Nazrin Shah
Ruler of Perak, Malaysia


H.E. Iyad Madani
Secretary General,
Organization of Islamic

H.E. Xavier Bettel
Prime Minister, Grand Duchy
of Luxembourg

Ahmad Ali Al-Madani
President, Islamic
Development Bank

Mahmoud Mohieldin
Senior Vice President, World
Bank Group

Deputy Governor, Central
Bank of Indonesia

Jan Egeland
Secretary General,
Norwegian Refugee Council

Ertharin Cousin
Executive Director, UN
World Food Programme

Cihan Sultanoğlu
Assistant Administrator,
United Nations Development

Muzaffar Hisham
CEO, Maybank Islamic

Yalda Hakim
BBC World News

Monday, 23 May 20165:15 PM to 6:15 PM

Global Health

Emirgan Hall (ICC)

This Special Session will present a new “Global Accord on Healthcare for Crisis-affected People”. This Accord provides a framework for the better handling of threats to health in acute and protracted crises, and seeks to ensure the delivery of a minimum essential package of health services adapted for the needs of specific crisis contexts.


Jakaya Kikwete
Former President of


Deputy Secretary
General, ASEAN

Bruce Aylward
Assistant Director
General, WHO

Stanley Bergman
Chair & CEO, Henry
Schein, Inc

Timothe GabrielleAntoine
Director General of Public
Health, Haiti

Ashley Judd
Goodwill Ambassador,

Mukesh Kapila
Professor of Global
Health & Humanitarian
Affairs, University of
Manchester, UK

Takewaka Kizo
Deputy Director General
foreign Affairs, Japan

Hanna Mäntylä
Minister of Social Affairs
and Health, Finland

Nimal Siripala de Silva
Cabinet Minister, Sri

Christos Stylianides
European Commissioner
for Humanitarian Aid &
Crisis Management 

Tuesday, 24 May 201611:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Humanitarian Principles

Beyazit Hall (ICC)

The first goal of the Summit is to reaffirm and re-inspire our shared commitment to humanity and the universality of humanitarian principles. The objective of the Special Session will be to identify a series of concrete commitments on how to better respect and more consistently apply those principles, as a major contribution towards the agenda for humanity.


Sorcha O'Callaghan
Head of Humanitarian
Policy, British Red Cross


Ambassador Manuel
Head of Swiss
Humanitarian Aid

Ambassador Hesham
Assistant Secretary
General, Organization of
Islamic Cooperation

Fatima Gailani
President, Afghan Red
Crescent Society

Pierre Krähenbühl
Commissioner General,

Jan Egeland
Secretary General,
Norwegian Refugee

Tuesday, 24 May 201612:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Protecting Journalists and Promoting Independent Reporting in Crisis Situations

Beyazit Hall (ICC)

This Special Session will bring together leading media practitioners with experience of reporting in conflict zones and natural disasters to identify good practice in reporting on humanitarian crises, and to consider standards of reporting which is balanced, can help to mobilise global response and which prioritises the safety and security of their reporters as well as the people caught up in crises.


Vuslat Doğan Sabancı
Chairwoman of Hürriyet
Becky Anderson
CNN International


Irina Bokova
UNESCO DirectorGeneral

Kamila Hyat
Freelance journalist and
human rights advocate,

Habibou Bangré
Freelance journalist, DRC

Karen Allen
Foreign Correspondent
BBC News, UK

Zaina Erhaim
Freelance journalist,

Babita Basnet
President of Media
Advocacy Group, Nepal

Christophe Deloire
Secretary General
Reporters Without
Borders, France

Tanit Koch
Editor in chief Bild
newspaper, Germany

Bryn Mooser
Founder RYOT, USA

Tuesday, 24 May 20162:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation

Beylerbeyi (ICC)

This Special Session will result in a range of concrete commitments as part of the global efforts to boost innovation, change and adaptation in the humanitarian sector. This will include the launch of the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI) which aims to turn ideas into action by promoting innovative tools and practices in humanitarian preparedness and response.


Kate Russell
BBC Click


Lilianne Ploumen
Minister for Foreign
Trade and Development
Cooperation, Netherlands

Concetta FierravantiWells
Minister for International
Development and the
Pacific, Australia

Fuat Oktay
President, AFAD

Ertharin Cousin
Executive Director, WFP

Hadeel Ibrahim
Founding Executive
Director, Mo Ibrahim

Kevin Jenkins
CEO, World Vision

James (Chip) Cottrell
Global Executive for
Humanitarian Innovation,

Rebecca Marmot
Global Vice President
Partnerships, Unilever

Illac Diaz
Founder, Liter of Light

Tuesday, 24 May 20162:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Transforming Humanitarian Action with and for Young People

Emirgan Hall (ICC)

Building on the Global Youth Consultation in Doha, this Special Session will galvanize action from all stakeholders, including Member States, the UN system, civil society and other partners to finally and, for the first time, officially engage young people in humanitarian action at all levels.


Babatunde Osotimehin
Executive Director, UNFPA


Ahmad Alhendawi
UN Secretary-General’s
Special Envoy on Youth

Essa Al-Mannai
Executive Director, Reach
Out to Asia

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed
bin Abdulrahman bin
Jassim Al-Thani
Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Justine Greening
Secretary of State for
International Development,

Per Heggens
CEO, IKEA Foundation

Aisa Kaciyra
Deputy Director, UN Habitat

Afshan Khan
Director Office of Emergency
Programme, UNICEF

Bärbel Kofler
Commissioner for Human
Rights and Humanitarian
Action, Germany

Chiara Mio
President Sustainability
Committee, Benetton Group

Mr. Bas van Rossum
Chair International
Federation of Red Cross
Youth Commission

Scott Teare
Secretary General, World
Organization of the Scout

Kadir Topbaş
Mayor of Istanbul

Volker Türk
Assistant High
Commissioner, UNHCR

Youth from El Salvador

Chloe Reynaldo
Adolescent from Philippines

Mohammed Eid
Youth from Gaza

Tuesday, 24 May 20162:30 PM to 3:30 PM

People at the Centre

Beyazit Hall (ICC)

This Special Session will invite commitments from stakeholders which ensure that affected people know what they can expect from aid providers and are able to express their views and concerns. The commitments should also ensure that humanitarian responders, including member states and donor countries, listen and respond to the feedback and perceptions of affected people.

Jamila Raja’a
Civil Society &
Peacebuilding Activist,


Winnie Byanyima
Executive Director,
Oxfam International

Manu Gupta
Chair, Asia Disaster Risk
Reduction & Response

Anthony Lake
Executive Director,

Isabella Lövin
Minister for International
Cooperation, Sweden

William Ruto
Deputy President, Kenya

Kaan Terzioğlu
Chief Executive Officer,

Tuesday, 24 May 20164:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Connecting Business

Emirgan Hall (ICC)

This Special Session will launch and generate commitments for the Connecting Business initiative and will showcase business networks already making an impact in humanitarian crisis, advocate for this transformational model of business-to-business engagement and public-private collaboration, and secure commitments to support the initiative and ensure its sustainability.


Barçin Yi̇nanç
Hürriyet Daily News


Josaia Voreqe
Prime Minister and Minister
for iTaukei Affairs and
Sugar Industry,
Government of Fiji

Stefano Bertasi
International Chamber of

Helen Clark
Administrator, UNDP

Alexander De Croo
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Development
Cooperation, Digital
Agenda, Telecom and
Postal Services,
Government of Belgium

Robert Glasser
Assistant SecretaryGeneral
and Special
Representative of the
Secretary-general for
Disaster Risk Reduction

Eduardo Martinez
President, UPS Foundation

Butch Meily
President, Philippine
Disaster Resilience

Stephen O'Brien
for Humanitarian Response
Emergency Relief

Patrick Pisal-Hamida
CEO, Telma

Howard Politini
Vice Chair, Pacific Island
Private Sector

Lenita Toivakka
Minister for Foreign Trade
and Development,
Government of Finland

Tuesday, 24 May 20164:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Risk and Vulnerability Analysis

Beylerbeyi (ICC)

This Special Session will generate a range of commitments and concrete actions to establish a Global Risk Platform that will map and unite the existing risk, vulnerability and threat analysis initiatives into one global community of practice. A global platform where stakeholders and practitioners can share data, analysis, strategies and resources – human, material or financial – backed by politically supported action is instrumental in building resilience to evolving risks.


Karen Allen
Foreign Correspondent
BBC News, UK


Espen Eide
Managing Director, World
Economic Forum

Helen Clark
Administrator, United
Nations Development

Doug Frantz
Deputy SecretaryGeneral,
Organization for
Economic Co-operation
and Development

Ivo Menzinger
Managing Director,
Global Partnerships
Swiss Reinsurance

Fatimata Toure
Head of Women’s Action,
Research, Study and
Training Group

Serdar Cam
President, Turkish
Cooperation and
Coordination Agency

H.E. Kay Rala Xanana
Minister of Planning and
Special Investments of
Timor-Leste, g7+
Eminent Person