In his report on the World Humanitarian Summit “One Humanity: Shared Responsibility”, the Secretary-General proposed an Agenda for Humanity that would help to meet people’s immediate humanitarian needs - while at the same time reducing risk and vulnerability. This “new way of working” was adopted in a Commitment to Action by eight of the main UN humanitarian and development entities (FAO, OCHA, UNCHR, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WFP, WHO) and IOM, co-signed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and endorsed by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. This Commitment to Action signifies the preeminent joint UN and World Bank commitment to move forward on achieving the Agenda for Humanity, and transcend humanitarian-development divides – while ultimately work towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Commitment to Action itself defines the new way of working as working towards collective outcomes across the UN system and the broader humanitarian and development community. It commits the signees to work over multi-year timeframes (recognizing the reality of protracted crises) and aiming to contribute to longer-term development gains, in the logic of the SDGs. In this way, the Commitment to Action will see UN Agencies taking proactive action to break down silos and work together in a principled manner. The signees will work through a variety of existing coordination mechanisms, including the UNDG and IASC, to develop a shared understanding of sustainability, vulnerability, and resilience, and implementing key changes, where contexts allow.
The Commitment to action was signed on 23 May 2016 at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul by:
Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme
Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization
Anthony Lake, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund
Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund
Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
and endorsed by the World Bank and the International Organization for Migration
The new way of working will mean working towards achieving
pooled and combined data, analysis and information;
better joined up planning and programming processes;
effective leadership for collective outcomes; and
pursuing financing modalities to support collective outcomes.