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HUMANISTANBUL: World Humanitarian Summit

World Humanitarian Summit
The current international humanitarian system can no longer adequately address today’s humanitarian crises. At this critical juncture, Turkey will host the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul.

By Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu | Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Despite worldwide shock and indignation, it looks like little Aylan Kurdi’s tragic death last summer changed little. This is a sad – but brutal – comment on our collective humanity, if such a thing still exists.

The power of images and social media, so effective for celebrity purposes, seems to have fallen flat on its face in mobilising assistance to those less fortunate. Indeed, since Aylan’s death six months ago, countless more innocents – men, women and children – have died completely preventable deaths.

It is true that we are faced with major humanitarian crises, unlike anything since the last World War. But, there can be no excuse for the global indifference on display. Continue reading HUMANISTANBUL: World Humanitarian Summit