Preparations are under way for the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in 2015, likely during the second quarter of the year (May/June). The United Nations Secretary-General (SG) has requested the summit in order to improve the capacity of the humanitarian system to serve people in need.

This is a unique opportunity to take stock and adapt.

The summit will be the highlight in a process of consultation and change in the humanitarian system that begins now, but lasts well beyond 2015. It will set an agenda for work beyond 2015 to make the humanitarian system more inclusive, global and effective.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will coordinate the summit on behalf of the Secretary-General and the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC). However, between now and the summit, the entire humanitarian community must identify and prioritize proposals to set an agenda for post-2015. Possibilities include new partnerships that strengthen humanitarian response, innovative ways to coordinate work and provide assistance and proposals to build on the guiding principles that shape humanitarian action (while maintaining the fundamental principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence at the core of humanitarian action).