Message from Jesper Lund, Chief, Emergency Services Branch (ESB)

Dear colleagues,

This number of Dispatch focuses on the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) follow-up. It has been almost a year since the WHS was held in Istanbul. The Summit 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. Some of ESB sections took part in the WHS to address issues such as promoting standards to ensure quality of response or localisation of response. Over the past year, ESB has been working to support the WHS commitments and with the Leading Edge Program we have established a platform where operational response actors are coming together to further strengthen the capability to better serve and support people in need. The 19# issue of Dispatch will highlight some of our work in the WHS follow up.

I hope you will enjoy reading. Please provide your feedback so we can continue to improve Dispatch.

Jesper

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