Stephen O'Brien is the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. Ahead of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey on 23-24 May, he said that strong political will is critical for the gathering of more than 125 world leaders and the UN community to make commitments to strengthening the humanitarian system in order to help the more than 125 million people in need of aid worldwide.
The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. This is why, for the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 23-24 May.
The UN System at Work
Next week world leaders will meet in Istanbul to stand up for our common humanity and take action to prevent and reduce human suffering. The world will come together to make commitments and announce bold actions in support of the five core responsibilities of the Agenda for Humanity: Prevent and end conflict, Respect the rules of war, Leave no one behind, Working differently to end need, Invest in Humanity.