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“We must also bring the humanitarian and development spheres closer together from the very beginning of a crisis -- to support affected communities, address structural and economic impacts, and help prevent a new spiral of fragility and instability. Humanitarian response, sustainable development and sustaining peace are three sides of the same triangle. This approach relates to the New Way of Working agreed at the World Humanitarian Summit. “ - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
«Nous devons également rapprocher les sphères humanitaires et de développement dès le début d'une crise, pour soutenir les communautés affectées, traiter les impacts structurels et économiques et aider à prévenir une nouvelle spirale de fragilité et d'instabilité. La réponse humanitaire, le développement durable et le maintien de la paix sont les trois côtés du même triangle. Cette approche se rapporte à la Nouvelle façon de travailler convenue lors du Sommet mondial sur l’action humanitaire.» - Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Antonio Guterres

Today, the scale of human suffering is estimated at more than 130 million people around the world in need of humanitarian assistance to survive. Recognizing the importance of reducing and delivering better for these people, the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened for the first time in 70 year history of the United Nations, the World Humanitarian Summit. The Summit took place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016 and convened 9,000 participants from around the world to support a new shared Agenda for Humanity and take action to prevent and reduce human suffering. The Summit generated more than 3000 commitments to action and launched more than a dozen new partnerships and initiatives to turn the Agenda for Humanity into meaningful change for the world's most vulnerable people.

As a follow up, OCHA’s Regional Office for Western and Central Africa (ROWCA) will host a workshop on 18-19 January 2017 in Dakar to discuss the implications of the policy shifts emanating from the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) to humanitarian and development operations in the region. This is the first of a series of policy dialogue workshops organized by OCHA, in collaboration with UNDP, with the participation of donors, affected countries, UN agencies, NGOs and academia on the “New Way of Working”.

The focus of discussions will be strengthening the humanitarian-development nexus, overcoming long-standing attitudinal, institutional, and funding obstacles, which was identified by the majority of stakeholders as one of the top priorities for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS).  This workshop offers an opportunity to discuss the key elements of this New Way of Working as agreed at the Summit, particularly from the perspective of those responsible for implementation at local, national and regional levels.

Regional Policy Dialogue on the New Way of Working

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