Muslim Aid, a British international aid and development agency has called for a Global Humanitarian Summit to reach a new compact on international humanitarian principles and values and make the current humanitarian system more inclusive, more open and more participatory.
The call was made by the CEO of Muslim Aid, at the Charity’s Annual Mosque Appreciation Event in London on Saturday, 9 March 2013 which was organised by the Charity to give feedback on Muslim Aid's relief work in the UK and overseas for emergency response and economic development.
The CEO of Muslim Aid said that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other faith-based humanitarian agencies such as Muslim Aid were providing emergency relief and development assistance to thousands of people in disaster and conflict countries. Yet the UN humanitarian coordination system, as well as the international IASC mechanism did not admit them to their councils as permanent members and participants.
The present international humanitarian structures are dominated by post-world war humanitarian institutions. The new humanitarian players, who are referred to dismissively as 'the new kids on the block' have the resources, capacity and commitment to contribute fully to the coordination and implementation of the global humanitarian system.
A Global Humanitarian Summit, convened by the UN Secretary-General during his current term of office, would result in the adoption of a new global compact on the core values and principles of humanitarianism, especially impartiality, neutrality and independence and signing of fresh Protocols on access and security for humanitarian actors.
By formally admitting 'the new kids on the block' in the humanitarian system and recognising their invaluable contribution to alleviating world poverty, it will become more transparent, more democratic and more inclusive.
At the event, Muslim Aid gave a presentation on their relief and development projects in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Syria, Burma, Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and Sudan.
Muslim Aid is the only Muslim international NGO that has the permission to work in Burma and is delivering relief projects in Rakhine State.
Notes to editors
- Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 27 years, Muslim Aid has delivered services in over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief, capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes, education and skills training, microfinance and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future.