Press Release

World’s First Humanitarian Summit Commits to Ensuring Sexual, Reproductive Health; Empowering Young People

24 May 2016

ISTANBUL–The World Humanitarian Summit concluded here today with a demonstrated resolve to live up to the pledge to leave no one behind, including the more than 60 million displaced, and women, children and other groups in crises. To do so, world leaders and participants from other segments of society committed to ensuring that “the vulnerable receive the global support they deserve to live in safety and dignity,” according to the Summit Chair’s Summary released at the end of the two-day forum.

Summieers also called for gender equality, women’s empowerment and for women’s rights to become pillars of humanitarian action.

Resolving for increased action “to enable women and girls to take on roles as leaders and decision-makers,” plans were launched to end tolerance of gender-based violence, with a commitment “to ensure the right to sexual and reproductive health care is fulfilled for all women and adolescent girls in crisis settings.”

During the Summit, more than 25 humanitarian partners, including UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, endorsed a new compact to address young people’s issues in humanitarian response. The Global Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action seeks to protect the health and development of young people; engage youth in all phases of humanitarian action; strengthen their capacities as effective humanitarian actors; increase resources to tackle the needs and priorities of adolescents and youth; and generate age- and sex-disaggregated data.

Today, half of the 1.4 billion people living in countries affected by crises and fragility are under the age of 20. Many, especially girls and young women, face poverty and exploitation. The compact responds to young people’s demands to be at the centre of humanitarian action.All other commitments from about 9,000 participants from 173 countries will be reflected in a Commitments to Action Platform, which will be publicly accessible.  Participants emphasized that “humanitarian needs must be met by adequate and predictable financing.” There was also broad support to increase the Central Emergency Response Fund to $1 billion.


“Youth participation and leadership should be the rule, rather than the exception. It should be institutionalized in humanitarian processes and policies and explicitly stipulated in operational plans and budgets,” said UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “We can no longer afford to leave young people behind.”

The two-day Summit was attended by some 9,000 participants from 173 countries, including representatives from the private sector, civil society, NGOs, media and academy.

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Population : 85 mil
Fertility rate
Maternal Mortality Ratio
Contraceptives prevalence rate
Population aged 10-24
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 94%
Girls 0.99%

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