Outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit were mixed with some refreshing new directions being endorsed and a lack of systemic reform. The selective agenda and OCHAs lack of success in engaging pre-meeting political participation not only hampered the Summit’s ability to deal with global issues and institutional reform, but also alienated it from leading aid agencies and governments. The UN’s failure to commit to humanitarian principles and global disarray of the humanitarian system indicates the need for extensive reform or a new global humanitarian body. This agency needs to employ a decentralized model to manage aid funds, assume coordination of international responses, resolve civil-military coordination, cater for people affected by both conflict and disasters, and professionalize the humanitarian career.
Deon V. Canyon
Affiliation: Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Dr. Deon Canyon joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in 2016 after working at the University of Hawaii, Curtin University and James Cook University where He focused on global health protection, health security and crisis leadership. Having broad multidisciplinary teaching experience and research interests, he has focused on many fields with the common thread being the understanding, management, control and prevention of threatening situations that involve complex and dynamic interactions. Two related activities include crisis management audits on over 130 organizations and interviews with 2000 leaders from business, health and emergency management organizations in in Australia, Papua New Guinea, India and the Philippines. Dr. Canyon is a Life Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine with over a hundred peer-reviewed publications. He has presented at many international conferences and reviewed articles for numerous journals.