UN Secretary-General: “It is critical that we maintain the momentum to deliver the Agenda for Humanity”

One year ago, the World Humanitarian Summit brought the world together around the Agenda for Humanity, which called for the global community to do more to prevent and end the suffering of 130 million people who are caught up in humanitarian crises.

Marking the first anniversary since the Summit, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement calling for continued momentum to advance the Agenda for Humanity.

“Humanitarian assistance alone cannot sustainably reduce the needs of over 130 million of the world’s most vulnerable people,” the top UN official said. “We must engage our collective strengths and mobilize new partnerships to prevent and end conflicts, reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and address the root causes of fragility.”

“We must bring humanitarian and development actors to work together closely from the beginning of a crisis to support affected communities.”

Since taking up office in January, the Secretary-General has made preventing human suffering his top priority. He has pledged to reform the United Nations to make it more efficient and bring its three branches — peace and security, development and human rights — closer together to achieve this common goal.

“I welcome the contribution that the five core responsibilities of the Agenda for Humanity make to help achieve this vision and I am gratified to see the progress that is being made by so many stakeholders to take forward the commitments they made in Istanbul,” said the Secretary-General.

“The World Humanitarian Summit was one step toward our joint endeavor to reduce human suffering,” he concluded. “It is critical that we maintain this momentum to advance the Agenda for Humanity and deliver better results for people in the coming years.”

To find out more about the Agenda for Humanity, visit: agendaforhumanity.org

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