As prelude to the Istanbul World Humanitarian Summit of 23-24 May 2016, United Nations Information Centre (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. Chaired by Ms Najat Rochdi; Humanitarian Coordinator/UNRC, event brought together humanitarian stakeholders in Cameroon such as UN Agencies; (OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, HCR), and donors/partners (Japan, US, France). The outreach event aimed at raising public awareness on the timely relevance of the current world humanitarian situation as part of efforts to reduce human suffering.
Mrs Rochdi used global statistics on humanitarian crisis, to explain the urgency of action and the reason why Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called this first ever Humanitarian Summit from 23-24 May 2016 at Istanbul. She called participants to all be agents of change, stating that WHS is the platform for everybody to take individual and collective commitments to change. Students and media should commit through the social media. We must all defend and translate human values in our homes, families, schools, and community, for there is no colour, no nationality, and no borders in suffering she intimated.
The Representatives of the US Embassy, Japan, and France all pledged their continued 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 Far North of Cameroon, with practical details on the Istanbul Humanitarian Summit. Felicité Tchibindat (UNICEF) highlighted efforts to restore the innocence of children abused by terrorist organisations as suicide bombers through psychosocial support to the Cameroon government. Khassim Diagne (HCR) cited some conventions on the protection of Refugees’ rights to re-echo the importance for countries in respecting them. Elvira Pruscini explained how WFP reinforces the resilience of humanitarian assistance by making assistance structures more adaptable to needs, and addressing the drivers of crisis and conflicts as a way of doing away with the causes.
These humanitarian actors in turn pledged and committed themselves to say “ca suffit” (enough is enough) to human sufferings and to leave no one behind.