World Humanitarian Summit

Our global responsibility entails unpacking existing evidence of trends and current impacts, while also taking appropriate action. We have to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and look holistically and globally at economies, poverty, education, trade and human rights.
Climate change is fueling more frequent and more devastating natural disasters, and climate- and conflict-fueled crises are triggering simultaneous, pan-regional emergencies. These crises are spurring record levels of migrants seeking safety and survival.
I joined about 6000 other delegates from around the world this week for the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. While 350.org doesn't provide humanitarian aid, we're increasingly concerned with just how hard climate change is biting, and committed to supporting people-oriented responses to the impacts of climate change.
As the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit closed yesterday, many important commitments were made, but none as important as the agreement to place women and women's empowerment at the centerpiece of the international response to humanitarian crises.
Leaving Istanbul, with the inaugural World Humanitarian Summit now behind us, I remain optimistic in humanity's shared future. But impact cannot be measured by what was said in Istanbul; it is what we do next that matters.
We desperately need the global community to assist us to adapt to the greatest humanitarian challenge we have ever faced: the threat to our very existence brought about by the extreme weather events and rising sea levels caused by climate change.