At the World Bank, Irina Bokova on enhanced collaboration between humanitarian and development work

On 16 March, Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, took part in a High-Level Private Meeting on Humanitarian and Development Collaboration, jointly chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. During this meeting, principals of UN agencies, multilateral financial institutions, as well as major international non-governmental organizations, explored ways to operationalize Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for global concerted action to “leave no one behind”, stated in his recent report to the World Humanitarian Summit (May 2016), “One Humanity: Shared Responsibility”.

The meeting was an opportunity to exchange views on a new “business model” for humanitarian and development actors to join efforts in reducing need and vulnerability in a durable and sustainable manner, rather than exclusively focusing on meeting short-term humanitarian needs.  Participants discussed modalities to bridge the humanitarian-development divide, through strengthened collaboration in data collection and longer-term planning; as well as opportunities to establish new innovative funding mechanisms to support integrated humanitarian-development responses notably to situations of  protracted crises and massive forced displacement.

The meeting came in the context of the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016 and the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, to be held in the UN General Assembly in September 2016.