The first World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul convened 9000 participants from 173 Member States, including 55 Heads of State and Government, hundreds of private sector representatives, and thousands of people from civil society and non- governmental organizations. The United Nations in its 70 years has never come together at this scale, with this many different stakeholders, to discuss the pressing challenges that are resulting in so much suffering today.

feature image: “Plenary of the UN General Assembly High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” by Mogens Lykketoft, President of UNGA is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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