You'd better take us seriously!

Oxfam America, 9 June 2016, Carlos Meija

The World Humanitarian Summit is over, and we have taken a step forward.

For the first time ever, a broad swath of the humanitarian community worldwide sat down together to discuss the state of the world and the future of humanitarian response.And for the first time ever, humanitarian leaders from disaster-affected countries—both government and civil society—had their say before an audience of more than 9,000 key international actors.

For more than 40 years, local humanitarian leaders have been trying to make themselves heard; at the Summit, their voices were loud and clear, and they were finally able to claim their space as the natural, logical leaders of humanitarian response. You had better take us seriously, they told us, or find something else to do.

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