As prelude to the upcoming Istanbul World Humanitarian Summit of 23-24 May 2016, UNIC Yaounde on behalf of the UN System in Cameroon organized an Outreach Event at the Advanced School of Mass Communication (ASMAC) Yaounde on Wednesday 18 May 2016. This event which brought together stakeholders in the humanitarian domain in Cameroon such as UN Agencies; (OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, HCR), and donors (Japan, US, France) was chaired by Ms Najat Rochdi; Humanitarian Coordinator/Resident Coordinator.
Mrs Rochdi used global statistics on humanitarian crisis, to state the urgency of action by the international community and the raison d’être why UNSG Ban Ki-moon called this first ever Humanitarian Summit from 23-24 May 2016 at Istanbul. We must all be agents of change, and the WHS is the platform for everybody to take both individual and collective commitments to change. Students and media should commit through the social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc). We must all defend the human values, for there is no colour, no nationality, and no borders in suffering she added, with a call for these values to be translated in homes, families, schools, community and society.
The Representatives of the US Embassy, Japan, and France all pledged their continued support support through the United Nations in assisting the needy and victims of terrorist attacks by Boko Haram in the Far North region of Cameroon, and elsewhere in the country.
Max Schott (OCHA) painted a picture of the humanitarian situation in the extreme North of Cameroon, giving practical details on the Istanbul Humanitarian Summit. Felicité Tchibindat (UNICEF) highlighted efforts to restore the innocence of children abused by terrorists organisations as suicide bombers, child soldiers through psychosocial support to the Cameroon government.
Khassim Diagne (HCR) cited some conventions on the protection of rights of Refugees to re-echo the importance for countries to respect them. Elvira Pruscini shows how WFP reinforces the resilience of humanitarian assistance by making assistance structures more adaptable to needs, designing assistance programmes which address the drivers of crisis and conflicts as a way of doing away with the causes.
These actors in turn pledged their continued support and stance by the Cameroon government in assisting the needy and committed themselves to say “ca suffit” (enough is enough) to human sufferings. Press kits on the Summit were distributed to media and participants at the heavily covered event.