World leaders have shown what they can achieve when they work together to tackle the most daunting challenges. In 2015, they agreed to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global climate change agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, laying out an ambitious agenda and timeline for change.
We need to harness this historical momentum, through the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016 and beyond, to ensure that the rights and needs of the world’s most vulnerable people guide our politics, steer our behaviour and drive our financial decisions.
The urgency is all too clear: if current demographic and conflict trends—protracted complex conflicts with a high risk of relapse, forced displacement at a record scale, urbanised conflict, growing inequality—continue, the gap between needs and response will only grow worse.
Read Ban’s full editorial here: The future of humanitarian action — Ban Ki-moon