UN summit on humanitarian assistance

Date 23/05/16

Maritime Robotics in Istanbul: Attending the UN summit on humanitarian assistance

The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. This is why, for the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 23 -24 May.

The Summit will be held at the highest political level possible, including Heads of States or Government. The Summit will include approximately 5,000 participants representing global leaders from government, business, aid organizations, civil society, affected communities and youth, among others.


5/23/2016 6:00 | innovation Norway (Innovasjon Norge): 
Eight Norwegian suppliers of emergency solutions together with Innovation Norway and NOREPS are attending.

The initiative for the summit comes from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and the goal of the meeting is to establish a broader ownership and designing a more targeted plan for international humanitarian work. The backdrop for the summit is the record high humanitarian needs, combined with a huge pressure on resources, climate change and several large and protracted armed conflicts that has a bad influence on the civilian populations. Roughly 125 million people throughout 37 countries today are in the need of humanitarian assistance.

The summit brings together heads of state, donor- and recipient countries, the UN and international aid agencies as well as a large number of business representatives. The UN chief wants to mobilize for the protection of civilians, conflict resolution and wider collaboration across sectors to alleviate suffering and prevent new crises.

Norway, represented by Innovation Norway, is attending the summit with NOREPS network (the Norwegian Emergency Preparedness System). NOREPS consists of more than 60 Norwegian companies and the leading Norwegian humanitarian organizations. Most of the vendors have extensive experience in delivering sustainable solutions to the United Nations and humanitarian NGOs. NOREPS will be showcasing a variety of companies during the summit. 

Norway is a major donor nation to international relief work. Through active collaboration between business and humanitarian actors in NOREPS we use new technology and innovative solutions that contribute to a more effective response. Meanwhile constitute UN and the humanitarian market has considerable potential for a Norwegian industry restructuring, highlighting Vidar Ellingsen, the leader of NOREPS.

Eight Norwegian companies participate in the Norwegian pavilion, and they will during the meeting in Istanbul showcase innovative products and solutions in health, renewable energy, shelter and advanced communication technology.

The Norwegian companies that participate are:

Maritime Robotics (Sør-Trøndelag)
Asap- Norway (Telemark)
Bright Products (Oslo)
Less (Oppland)
Norlense (Nordland)
W.Giertsen Energy Solutions (Bergen)
W.Giertsen HallSystem (Bergen)
AnsuR Technologies (Oslo)

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