World Humanitarian Summit Youth Involvement

Dear Global Youth,

Over the last few decades, the number of people affected by humanitarian crises has almost doubled. Climate change, urbanisation and technological advances have not only made conflicts and disasters more frequent, but have also changed the challenges faced by humanitarian actors. Today, there is a greater number of disasters in dire need of humanitarian support than ever before.

In light of this development, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has initiated the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), aiming to improve humanitarian action and to review modalities of work for humanitarian actors in order to meet the needs of the millions of people affected by conflicts or disasters. The process involves civil society and is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It will culminate in the global summit in May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

To better organise the participation and representation of youth, we have created a UN MGCY Working Group on WHS.

The working group will mobilize and reach out to youth in all regions and organise their representation through consultations, as well as work on capacity building, youth policy and advocacy.

Are you 30 years old or younger? Do you represent a youth-led organisation or work for an organisation with a mandate to work with youth? Or are you an individual, passionate about humanitarian work? Sign up on the form below to join the youth involvement in WHS, it's easy! Also, make sure to join the mailing list of the UN MGCY WHS Working Group at the end of the form to keep you informed and updated.

We look forward to having you be part of youth in WHS! Together we can mobilise, build capacity and voice our thoughts and plans to improve humanitarian work.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at

Best Regards,

MGCY WHS Working Group

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