Leaders urged to deliver on humanitarian summit commitments

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2nd from left) briefs the General Assembly on his World Humanitarian Summit report. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

World leaders have been asked to deliver on their collective promise to create a better future for millions of people in need.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded them of this commitment on Thursday while presenting his report on the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit.

Representatives from 180 countries, including more than 50 Heads of State and Government, had attended the Summit, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey, in May.

Charles Appel reports.

More than 3,000 commitments and initiatives were launched at the World Humanitarian Summit.

The Secretary-General said his outcome report presents "a simple roadmap" to promote accountability for these commitments.

He said the Summit had "kick-started concrete changes" in addressing humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability.

It was now time to work on delivering this change.

"I count on all of you to champion the outcomes of the Summit and give your strongest political and financial support to the new initiatives and alliances.

Together, we must deliver on our collective promise to create a future of hope and dignity for millions of people in need." 

The UN chief also announced the launch of an online platform to document progress and results related to the commitments.

He also previewed an annual report that will identify areas that may be lagging.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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