First-ever World Humanitarian Summit kicks off in İstanbul

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The World Humanitarian Summit, convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the first time in the 70-year history of the UN, has started in İstanbul.

The event, which deals with issues such as people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive on a global scale, will take place in İstanbul on May 23 and 24.

The summit, hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, kicks off amid the Syrian civil war entering its sixth year, Europe’s struggle with refugee crisis and growing global social inequality.

World leaders from 125 of UN member states are expected to announce several commitments to reduce humanitarian disasters. The commitments include preventing and ending conflict, respecting the rules of war, addressing forced displacement, achieving gender equality, responding to climate change, ending the need for aid and investing in humanity.

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