In his “Agenda for Humanity”, the United Nations Secretary-General calls upon the humanitarian community to act upon five core responsibilities to reduce suffering and deliver better for the millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance.

Political leadership to prevent and end conflicts

An end to human suffering requires political solutions, unity of purpose and sustained leadership and investment in peaceful and inclusive societies.

We are seeing a significant global increase in protracted and intractable conflicts, causing ever larger and more profound humanitarian crises, prolonged human suffering, political turmoil, huge economic and financial costs and large-scale displacement and refugee flows. Unless political leaders show the will to prevent and end crises, little will change for the millions of children, women and men who are caught up in these crises. Leaders—including UN Security Council members—must put compassion and courage at the heart of their collective decision-making. They must use all the leverage they have—political, economic and otherwise—to prevent conflicts and find solutions. And they need to put aside divisions to invest in peaceful and inclusive societies.

Agenda for Humanity Transformations

In his Agenda for Humanity, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon advocates for a number of strategic and normative shifts that are necessary in order to make the Agenda a reality.

To end and prevent conflict, stakeholders need to:

Political Leadership to Prevent and End Conflicts

  • 1A
    Demonstrate timely, coherent and decisive political leadership
  • 1B
    Act early
  • 1C
    Remain engaged and invest in stability
  • 1D
    Develop solutions with and for people

Summary of individual and joint commitments made

Participants at the World Humanitarian Summit made thousands of individual and joint commitments in support of the major shifts laid out in the Agenda for Humanity. These commitments represent tangible actions that support the implementation of a core commitment, or more broadly to help achieve the Agenda for Humanity.

The commitments generated under Core Responsibility 1 demonstrate a collective desire to address the root causes of conflict, increase conflict prevention and resolution capacities and to learn from successful conflict prevention experiences and practices.

Member States made financial commitments to improve mediation efforts and demonstrated support for several tangible initiatives around conflict prevention. Substantial commitments were also made to increase the inclusion of women and young people in peace building and reconciliation processes. There were also calls for improved conflict prevention and resolution capacity within the UN.

A selection of individual and joint commitments made

  • Academic Council on the UN System AcademiaEurope

    ACUNS will conduct and disseminate online or in print through its global network, special podcast interviews and short analytical articles addressing conflict prevention best practices and lessons learnt.

    • Commitment Type Operational
  • ACT Alliance Faith-based OrganisationGlobal

    ACT Alliance will use its influence with its constituencies, civil society and Government leaders to promote stability and long-term community reconciliation, strengthen social cohesion and address grievances.

    • Commitment Type Advocacy
  • Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP) AcademiaGlobal

    The ALNAP Secretariat commits to incorporating the themes from the World Humanitarian Summit commitments into its 2018 SOHS report, examining the relationship between these themes and any measured changes in humanitarian performance over time. The report will support a better understanding of any improvements that emerge from the WHS and to what extent progress is being made across the core commitments.

    • Commitment Type Policy