Consultations for 2016 World Humanitarian Summit opens in Budapest

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UN Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Coordinator, Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

International experts are gathering in Budapest, Hungary on Tuesday to discuss how to better respond to future humanitarian crises.

The regional consultation, which is attended by the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, (OCHA) is in preparation for the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.

Derrick Mbatha reports

The first ever World Humanitarian Summit will bring together governments, humanitarian organizations and people affected by humanitarian crises.

It will also include the private sector and academia and will seek to propose solutions to the most pressing humanitarian challenges faced across the globe.

OCHA Spokesperson, Jens Laerke, says the Budapest event is part of a series of meetings.

"This consultation includes participation from Europe, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It's a two-day event. All participants, which also includes academia, civil society and development organizations, they will discuss how to reshape aid and improve the humanitarian system response to crises in the future." (24")

During the consultation, the UN humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos is scheduled to meet government officials, representatives of regional bodies and humanitarian partners to discuss ways of strengthening capacities to meet current humanitarian challenges.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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