Sri Lankan presence at the UN-World Humanitarian Summit

Sri Lankan presence at the UN-World Humanitarian Summit

Sri Lankan presence at the UN-World Humanitarian Summit

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

23 May, 2016 | 3:04 am

May 23rd, 2016 (Istanbul) – Personally inspired by UN-Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the inaugural World Humanitarian Summit will take place in Istanbul, Turkey on the 23rd (today) & 24th of May. The summit is a landmark UN event, aimed at changing the way humanitarian response and aid is managed globally.

Representing Sri Lanka will be the Capital Maharaja Organization, the sole Sri Lankan company selected to be represented at the summit. The groups leading role in humanitarianism is the brainchild of its Chairman & MD, R. Rajamahendran.

In light of the recent devastation caused by floods & landslides, Group Director of the company, Chevaan Daniel, will address a UN Special Session at the Summit, in which other invitees include the Prime Minister of Fiji, UN Under-Secretary General Stephen O’Brien, The Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, high-ranking government officials from of Turkey, Denmark and several other governments.

He will also hand over the Report compiled by News 1st and The University of Peradeniya following the ‘News 1st Gammadda’ Door-to-door campaign’, at a special session on Public-Private sector corporation, organized at the WHS.

The World Humanitarian Summit is the result of a process that began over two years ago. The Capital Maharaja Organization was invited by the UN to be part of its regional consultation in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

The Capital Maharaja Organization at the UN regional consultation in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

The World Humanitarian Summit is the result of a process that began over two years ago. The Capital Maharaja Organization was invited by the UN to be part of its regional consultation in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and then, at the Global Consultation in Geneva last year as well.

The summit in Istanbul will bring see hundreds of world leaders coming together to make a commitment to change the way humanitarian work is carried out, with the hope that help will reach those affected faster and more efficiently.

What does the World Humanitarian Summit hope to accomplish?

  1. To re-inspire and reinvigorate a commitment to humanity and to the universality of humanitarian principles.
  2. To initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments aimed at enabling countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises, and be resilient to shocks.
  3. To share best practices which can help save lives around the world, put affected people at the center of humanitarian action, and alleviate suffering.

During the summit, UN General Secretary Ban ki-Moon will call on all world leaders to act on five core responsibilities.

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For more on the Summit : https://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org/summit

To follow the summit live : https://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org/live

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