Lesotho Council of NGOs attended the world Humanitarian Summit
Regional Consultation for Eastern and Southern Africa in Pretoria,
South Africa on the 27th to 29th October 2014.
The purpose of the meeting was to inform the global World Humanitarian
Summit (WHS) agenda to be held in May 2016, in Istanbul Turkey and shape
the outcomes of the summit by providing strong and bold regional
recommendations for the future of the humanitarian action.
The meeting drew out regional perspectives on the global
themes - including gaps and cross cutting issues on the future
humanitarian actions. The meeting took stock of regional progress
and lessons for humanitarian action and identified key recommendations
on how to better meet humanitarian needs in the region, including
capturing the regional recommendations to inform other regional
and global discussions.
LCN was represented by Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resource Commission Coordinator Mr Thato Konstabole
The forum which attracted about 170 participants from 23
countries recommended that the reinforcement of states' duty to
address urgent humanitarian needs and to protect, as well as to
be accountable to affected communities. The meeting also called
for the strengthening of the role of regional organizations and
empowerment of the affected communities by strengthening their
resilience to withstand shocks.
The forum proposed that states should harness the comparative
advantage of the private sector for humanitarian innovation
and building a coherent approach to risk management, accelerating
investment by development and climate change communities and
to allow the international humanitarian community to adopt
The forum further recommended that states should make finance
fit for purpose, pushing urban risk up everyone's agenda,
building the resilience of communities caught in the protracted
crises and strengthen the resilience of the pastoralists.
Meeting suggested the promotion of the role of youth in
humanitarian affairs, to reduce the impact of counter
terrorism legislation on humanitarian action and to
ratifying and implementing the conventions protecting
the people in conflict and other situations, notably
the Kampala Convention.
It was recommended that protection should be
on the forefront of humanitarian response in conflicts
and also to enhance access of the affected people
to humanitarian assistance and protection including
to ensure humanitarian principles are respected and
The forum highlighted that it is important that
the participants start fostering some of the
recommendations in their respective countries,
institutions and communities and not to wait
WHS in Turkey 2016.
The summit was structured along the
following four thematic areas i) Humanitarian
Effectiveness ii) Transformation through
innovation iii) Reducing Vulnerability and
Managing Risk iv) Serving the needs of the
people in conflict that were drawn and identified
as relevant from preliminary consultations which
were conducted in member countries and with
stakeholders before the summit.
The regional consultative forum organized
by the UN Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian following a call by United
Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
that the first-ever World Humanitarian
Summit (WHS) be held in May 2016 in Istanbul
Turkey. The purpose is to set a forward-looking
agenda with the aim of ensuring that the
humanitarian system is 'fit for purpose'
in responding to emerging challenges. The
Istanbul Summit will provide an opportunity
to take stock of achievements, share lessons
and good practices on humanitarian action,
and build a more inclusive and diverse
humanitarian system committed to the
The participants were mainly the SADC
and EAC representing member states, civil
society organizations, affected communities,
United Nations agencies, the private sector
and academia as well as observers from other
nations that will host similar activity in
their regions. Team Lesotho was made up of
the office of the Prime Minister, Disaster
Management Authority (DMA), Quthing Community
Representative and Lesotho Council of NGOs.
The event was attended by participants from 23 countries