World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul: What is it and what will it achieve? – Telegraph.co.uk

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Many hope that the summit lead to a better collective response to the troubles faced in different continents by bringing together governments, charities and the private sector. The hope is that the summit will ensure the world is “more resilient to shocks, by preparing and responding better to crises and conflict”.

As a launchpad for further reform of the way the world responds to crises, the summit can be successful: there will be a bigger stage set for discussions on financing aid agencies and humanitarian support.

But it will need to avoid the problems of previous large meetings. A new report on Friday found that only a sixth of the money pledged at the London summit to help Syrian refugees for this year ($6 billion) had been committed by mid April, according to Concern Worldwide. Commitments made in Istanbul must lead to action rather than hollow promises.

Who will come to the summit?

According to the summit organisers, more than 6,000 will attending including government officials, businesses, charities, civil society organisations, affected countries and young people. 

And at least 125 UN member states as well as heads of states or governments are believed to have signed up to attend as well among the UN’s 193 members. German chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed she will attend – the only G7 leader to do so.

World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul: What is it and what will it achieve? – Telegraph.co.uk