Convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and hosted by Government of Turkey, the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is taking place on 23-24 May 2016. A large number of world leaders including Heads of States and Governments, representatives of humanitarian and development agencies and civil society organizations have gathered in
for reaffirming commitment to humanitarian principles and crafting a response
to the unprecedented humanitarian
challenges confronting the world today.
In the context of prevention and resolution of conflicts, the Minister underscored
commitment to the purposes and objectives of the UN charter and stressed the
importance of resolving longstanding disputes, particularly those on the agenda
of United Nations Security Council.
The Minister also highlighted that
has been one of the largest contributors of United Nations Peace Keeping troops,
troops have sacrificed their lives for the cause of humanity.
The Minister urged the international community to ensure that protracted refugee situations are not neglected in the wake of new crises. He also stressed the urgent need to find equitable burden sharing mechanisms for refugee hosting nations. The Minister underscored the importance and centrality of the UNGA Resolution 46/182 of December 1991 for humanitarian action.
The Minister underscored
commitment to cope with the negative fall out of climate change and highlighted
the need for availability of adequate finance as the 'core of the battle' against
the adverse impacts of climate change.
On the sidelines of the
the Minister had a bilateral meeting with the head of the UNHCR Delegation
Deputy High Commissioner Kelly T. Clements.
During the meeting, the Minister hoped for early voluntary repatriation
of Afghan refugees. Ms. Kelly Clements appreciated the Government and people of
for having generously hosted the world's largest protracted refugee population
for nearly four decades. She assured that the UNHCR would continue supporting
the Government of Pakistan in its efforts hosting Afghan refugees and would
urge for concreted support of the international community in this context.
Earlier, the Minister visited NDMA's exhibition on the theme "Resilient Pakistan", showcasing
experiences in disaster management and disaster risk reduction.
The Minister also visited "Innovation Marketplace" where NADRA had setup a stall to project
innovative financial compensation programmed for victims of natural disasters, especially
Besides governmental participation in the
Summit, a number humanitarian and civil
society organizations are attending the WHS.