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United Nations Secretary-General calls for continued momentum to advance the Agenda for Humanity

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has emphasized the ongoing urgency of the call to action set out in the Agenda for Humanity.

"The World Humanitarian Summit was one step toward our joint endeavor to reduce human suffering. It is critical that we maintain this momentum to advance the Agenda for Humanity and deliver better results for people in the coming years," he said, marking the one-year anniversary of the historic event which took place in Istanbul, Turkey.

"I welcome the contribution that the five core responsibilities of the Agenda for Humanity make to help achieve this vision and I am gratified to see the progress that is being made by so many stakeholders to take forward the commitments they made in Istanbul," the Secretary-General said. Explore the committments here. 

Guterres emphasized that all people should have access to humanitarian assistance and protection in their time of need, but also that humanitarian actors alone cannot sustainably reduce the needs of the 130 million who are caught up in humanitarian crises. "We must engage our collective strengths and mobilize new partnerships to prevent and end conflicts, reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and address the root causes of fragility," he said.

Read the Secretary-General's full statement here.