The first-ever international humanitarian aid summit, led by the UN, was held on 23 and 24 May 2016 in Istanbul. The initiative for the World Humanitarian Summit came from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The need for humanitarian aid is greater than ever before and the international community is unable to respond to these needs. At present, around 80% of the need for assistance stems from conflicts. Moreover, needs generated by extreme weather conditions caused by climate change are increasing too.
The World Humanitarian Summit has been a wake-up call for action for humanity. It has generated global momentum and political will to move forward on the Agenda for Humanity and core responsibilities to deliver better for people across the globe.
Over 6,000 participants were attended the summit. There were state leaders, UN organisations, NGOs and business enterprises. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka and Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Mäntylä attended the meeting. A Team Finland business delegation from Finland participated in the meeting. Human Security Finland, Elisa and Nokia had shared stand.