17 September 2014

World Humanitarian Summit and Academic Partnerships

    The World Humanitarian Summit is an initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to improve global disaster preparedness and response. In the lead-up to the summit in 2016 in Istanbul, the WHS seeks to collaborate with academic institutions as a way to engage researchers, professors, as well as students (youth) in humanitarian research and discourse. In this way, the WHS will leverage off of existing work that is being conducted and provide a practical application of academic endeavors to solve humanitarian challenges.

     In order to efficiently involve academic institutions and strengthen existing networks, the WHS will work with pre-existing mechanisms such as: UN Academic Impact, NOHA, and academic networks in the Global South. Opportunities for Involvement:

   Engage in the online discussions and upload research in the four themes or in regional discussions.

   Participate as a guest expert in one of our interactive webinars over the next two years. These are popular and we have had 100- 300 people participating in each event.

   Contribute research, position papers or think-pieces to one of our thematic areas.

   Participate in one of WHS's regional consultation events, or suggest relevant academic experts in one of its upcoming regions:

• Eastern and Southern Africa – October 2014 • Eastern Europe, Western Europe, North America, and Others Group - Feb 2015 • Middle East and North Africa - March 2015 • Latin America and the Caribbean - April 2015 • Pacific Islands - 2nd Quarter 2015 • South and Central Asia - 2nd Quarter 2015

    Encourage students' research to address the thematic issues of the WHS (using the scoping papers on the website as a basis).

   Benefits for Academic Institutions:  The World Humanitarian Summit will provide publicity and visibility to collaborating universities and academic networks.

   The WHS will also provide tangible opportunities for students to solve real-world problems.

For more information, contact: Arif Khan, WHS Partnerships Coordinator, UN OCHA.