ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Jonathan Duffy, President of Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International, and Frank Teeuwen, Director of United Nations (UN) Liaison Office, will be representing ADRA’s global network of humanitarians at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit set to take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016.
Mr. Duffy will also be making a spoken statement of ADRA’s Commitments to Action at a special session during the Summit. ADRA’s Commitments to Action will highlight the priorities of the organization in development and emergency work around the world. Mr. Duffy’s statement will specifically focus on two of the five core responsibilities outlined in the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Humanity:
Core Responsibility #3: Leave no one behind
Core Responsibility #4: Change people’s lives – from delivery aid to ending need
The Summit is a global call to action by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Approximately 5,000 participants received invitations, including Heads of States and Government, as well as global leaders from government, business, aid organizations, civil society, and affected communities.
The Summit has three main goals:
1. To re-inspire and reinvigorate a commitment to humanity and to the universality of humanitarian principles.
2. To initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments aimed at enabling countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises, and be resilient to shocks.
3. To share best practices which can help save lives around the world, put affected people at the center of humanitarian action, and alleviate suffering.