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The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), which will take place in Istanbul in May 2016, is an initiative by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to bring the global community together to look for better ways to meet the needs of millions of people affected by conflicts or disasters. The goal of this summit is to set an agenda to keep humanitarian action fit for the future. To be a success, the World Humanitarian Summit must represent perspectives and experiences from around the world. The regional consultation for Eastern and Southern Africa is the third of eight regional consultations that will provide recommendations to inform the Summit and help set the next agenda for global humanitarian action.