OHCHR and the World Humanitarian Summit
May 23-24 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

The Secretary-General held the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Summit was held at the highest level and brought the global community together to reaffirm our solidarity with people affected by crises, and our collective commitment to humanity.

What OHCHR brings to humanitarian work

Humanitarian crises around the world, either caused by conflicts or natural disasters, almost invariably result in or exacerbate human rights concerns. The UN Human Rights Office is a unique actor in humanitarian action: we bring a holistic perspective and analysis that contributes to enhancing the response by including all individuals affected, without discrimination.

Through human rights work, we look at the root causes of conflict and social inequalities; we help bridge the divide between humanitarian action, development and peace and security; and ultimately, we contribute to lasting peace and greater security for everyone.

For more information on our engagement in humanitarian action please see:
Leaflet: The UN Human Rights Office in Humanitarian Action


Protecting Human Rights in Humanitarian Crises

Feature stories

Human rights need protection during humanitarian crises

Open Letter

An Open Letter from High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ra’ad Al Hussein, to all Member States of the United Nations

OHCHR statements

Statement of Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner at the Session 3 - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities into Humanitarian Action, World Humanitarian Summit:

Statement of Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner at the Member States and Stakeholders Statements, World Humanitarian Summit:

OHCHR commitments

Side Event

    "NO-ONE LEFT BEHIND" Protecting human rights in humanitarian crises. A side event of the WHS organised by OHCHR Monday, 23 May, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Rumeli 7 room, LKCC building, Istanbul, Turkey.

    Event flyer: PDF | Word

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