Marián Sedlák, student at the UPJŠ faculty of medicine, was the only participant from the Slovak Republic at the two day World Humanitarian Summit Global Youth Consultation in Doha, Qatar.
Currently studying at 4th year, Marian participated as a delegate of the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) at the summit which took place on the 1st and 2nd of September 2015.
"The summit brought over three hundred representatives of youth organizations from more than 80 countries together to discuss the problems connected to the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). WHS will be held in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016 from the initiative of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. It will bring the representatives of governments, humanitarian organizations, people affected by humanitarian crises and different partners, including the private sector together to find solutions to the most urgent challenges in the humanitarian field, "says Marián Sedlák (the first image far left).
"The aim of WHS Global Youth Consultation is also to raise awareness and motivation among youth to be involved in the humanitarian field. The Youth of today can play an important role in many situations such as natural disasters, the consequences of climate change, armed conflicts, epidemics and migration due to human rights violations. Another ambition of WHS is to plan and coordinate global humanitarian actions in order to increase their efficiency, which is related to capacity building and cooperation between different actors operating in those situations" says Marián Sedlák.
"The purpose of consultations with various partners - according to their geographic, functional, social and professional competence – is to provide input, suggestions and comments to the whole WHS process. During the summit in Istanbul, proposed suggestions will be used to achieve important changes leading to more effective global humanitarian activities, which are in recent years seriously tested by various natural disasters, ongoing armed conflicts and their consequences," adds M. Sedlák.