As the only sector-wide professional association of individuals engaged in humanitarian action, the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) has a large and diverse network of experienced professionals willing to contribute their expertise, perspectives, and time to improving new and existing initiatives in the humanitarian sector. PHAP’s truly global network – including staff of local and international NGOs, intergovernmental organizations, the UN, the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, academia, governmental agencies, and the private sector – can make important contributions to consultations and discussions, engaging as experienced professionals concerned with the future of humanitarian action as a whole.
World Humanitarian Summit
Following an official request from the UN Secretary General, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is moving ahead with plans for a World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016. The objective of the event – which will be the first-ever humanitarian summit of this scale and scope – is to set a future agenda for humanitarian action to ensure improved responsiveness to the changing humanitarian landscape in terms of greater needs, more diverse actors, new technologies, and political and economic shifts.
Through this initiative, PHAP members and their broader professional networks are provided an effective channel for meaningful participation in a process that promises to significantly improve how humanitarian action is carried out. Summit discussions are intended to reach outside of the groups that are normally consulted, in the hope that the outcomes of the process will be more relevant and have a firmer grounding in the humanitarian community. In this way, working on the Summit process is an important opportunity for PHAP to pursue its mission to “enhance the capacity of the global humanitarian community to respond effectively and professionally to current and future crises.”
PHAP will be actively involved throughout the Summit process, supporting it through various means, including through assisting with recruiting moderators and experts for the different parts of the consultations, moderation of the online consultations, hosting online information and discussion events, and hosting onsite consultation events.