Common African Position on Humanitarian Effectiveness


The objective of the consultative meeting (27- 29 May 2015) is to stimulate discussion among Member States on the emerging issues concerning the global and regional humanitarian landscape, in so doing undertake a “Political Process” for reform to strengthen the humanitarian response. The outcomes of regional consultations will be consolidated into a Common Africa Position to be presented at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey 2016.

Introduction (from the Concept Note)

Global trends and the rapidly changing humanitarian landscape have impacted variously on humanitarian response in Africa. The African Union Commission, on basis of Executive Council Decision EX.CL/Dec.817(XXV), is implementing an inclusive consultative Political Process in Africa and to reach a Common African Position on a humanitarian system fit for current and future challenges in preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit.

It will be recalled that at the 68th United Nations General Assembly in September 2013, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon announced the first ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) to be held in May 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey.

The World Summit is organized around four thematic areas:

  1. Humanitarian effectiveness
  2. transformation through Innovation;
  3. reducing vulnerability and
  4. managing risk and serving the needs of people in conflict.

The summit will take stock of growing humanitarian challenges, achievements and the changing humanitarian landscape, with a view to strengthening partnerships in creating a more global, effective, and inclusive humanitarian system; while building on best practices and ways for more effective humanitarian action.