MIKTA STATEMENT FOR ECOSOC HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS SEGMENT GENERAL DISCUSSION

Hasan ULUSOY 21.06.2017

Mr. President,

Mr. Under Secretary-General,

Distinguished Member States, Delegates,

Turkey has the honour to deliver the following statement on behalf of the MIKTA countries – namely Mexico, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia (MIKTA).

Humanitarian crises have negative impacts on societies around the world, including through severe human suffering and displacement on an unprecedented scale. Violent conflicts and man-made famines claim countless lives. Disasters, natural hazards and extreme weather impact the development gains, compound or produce risks and fragility. These crises prevent humanity from achieving a peaceful world where sustainable development can be attained.

MIKTA countries believe that concerted attention and swift action of the international community on the humanitarian agenda is much needed to address the magnitude of challenges before us.

As we emphasized last year, partnerships play a vital role. Member states and other stakeholders need to work across different sectors and regions, to collectively respond to humanitarian emergencies and strive to achieve common outcomes in preventing and resolving them.

MIKTA countries stand ready to collaborate further and share their best practices with others. We consider the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segmentas an important opportunity for all participantsto progress operational and normative issues on the humanitarian policy agenda.

Today, the global policy priorities have been largely shaped and affected by the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through the transformations set in motion by the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) as well as through the commitments in theNew York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

In line with the Secretary-General’s statement marking the first anniversary of the WHS, MIKTAalso considers that the call to action set out in the Agenda for Humanity remains urgent, and stakeholders should do their part to advance it so we can deliver better results for people in need, in the period ahead.

MIKTA particularly welcomes the approach of anticipating and not waiting for crises and to invest in risk. In support of this transformation, MIKTA made a commitment

at the Summit to build a program of action and advocacy to support accelerated implementation of the Sendai Framework. At the 5th Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun last May, MIKTA organized a side event to showcase good practices of public-private sector engagement in building community resilience, such as models of public-private engagement for DRR and examples of innovation and practical collaborations between public-private sectors to reduce disaster risk.

Going forward, to save people's lives and to protect their assets in disasters,we must do more to ensure all development investments are risk-informed; to facilitate public-private partnerships;to enable risk-based investments; to invest in preparedness before a crisis; and to provide incentives to reward risk-informed local and national early action.

Second, MIKTA also supports working toward full empowerment of women and girls. The call from the WHS was clear that gender equality,fulfillmentof women and girls' human rights and their empowerment in political, humanitarian and development spheres is a universal responsibility.

MIKTA states are committed to work closely with local and national stakeholders, including women's groups to provide them with practical support to increase their capacity to deliver in humanitarian settings. The promise of the SDGs cannot be realized for all women and girls, if we do not make sure they are included in humanitarian action, their particular needs are met, and they are empowered to be decision-makers. We urge all stakeholders to implement their commitments so that we can advance this vital transformation forward.

Moreover, we recognize the need to make humanitarian response inclusive of persons with disabilities and stress the importance of ensuring non-discrimination. In this regard, we recall that the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action is one of the initiatives that emerged at the WHS.

Mr. President,

MIKTA countries convened in a workshop hosted by Turkey on April 21 and shared their experiences and progress on these aforementioned two joint commitments as well as the related national commitments made at the WHS. MIKTA countries, hereby, once again underlined the importance of taking up action on the commitments made during the WHS and reiterated their support to the process.

Focus of this year’s ECOSOC HAS on “Restoring humanity and leaving no one behind: working together to reduce people's humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability” also reminds us the importance of strengthening the collaboration and coordination among development and humanitarian actors from the onset of emergencies.

In this regard, as stipulated in the New Wayof Working, achieving the objectives of working over multiple year time frames, based on the comparative advantage of a diverse range of actors, towards collective outcomes is more relevant than ever. MIKTA welcomes the Secretary-General’s approach to these objectives, with respect to the UN’s response in the ongoing food insecurityin multiple countries, the localisation of humanitarian responses, as well as in his UN management reform.

In conclusion, MIKTA states are cognizant of the fact that the global agenda set out by the major summits of previous years, provided a multi-year agenda. Success will only be seen in the coming years if we are committed to continuing to work around shared objectives, with a strong sense of shared responsibility and ownership.

Thank you.

Atatürk

Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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