World Humanitarian Summit

Speaking at the opening session of the first-ever UN World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan underscored that the global aid system should be re-handled said: “The current system remains insufficient in the face of urgent problems of the humanity. Only certain countries are shouldering the burden of the system which fails to bring solution to problems. Everybody should assume responsibility to share this burden.”

President Erdoğan delivered an address at the opening session of the first-ever UN World Humanitarian Summit, hosted at Istanbul Congress Center by Turkey and attended by nearly 60 heads of state and government as well as representatives from over 180 countries and international organizations.

“PAIN KNOWS NO COLOUR, ETHNICITY, LANGUAGE OR RELIGION”

Underlining that the crises sparked by wars, natural disasters, epidemics and climate change pose a grave threat to the peace, prosperity and collective future of the humanity, President Erdoğan said: “As the participants of this Summit, we all know very well that pain knows no colour, ethnicity, language or religion.” “In this understanding, Turkey, home to over 3 million Syrian and Iraqi refugees, is currently carrying out humanitarian and development aid activities and undertaking thousands of projects in more than 140 countries,” the President added.

“EVERYBODY SHOULD ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY TO SHARE THIS BURDEN”

President Erdoğan noted that the humanitarian aids Turkey delivered amounted to 6.4 billion dollars in 2014, which increases every year, and he added: “In this process, we had the opportunity to see all aspects of the global humanitarian aid system and experienced its deficiencies and shortcomings. The current system remains insufficient in responding to urgent problems of the humanity. Only certain countries are shouldering the burden of the system which fails to bring solution to problems. Everybody should assume responsibility to share this burden. We should especially re-handle the global aid system with a people-oriented perspective.”

“THE WORLD IS BIGGER THAN 5!”

Addressing a roundtable session on ‘Political Leadership to Prevent and End Conflicts’ chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Erdoğan said: “Determining controversies that pose a risk of conflict on time, effectively intervening in them and preventing them are of critical importance. To do that, we need a Security Council that works resolutely, swiftly, transparently and in line with the principle of accountability. We point to this problem on all occasions and say ‘the World is bigger than 5.’ It is neither rational nor conscientious or fair to confine the fate of all humanity to the political interests of 5 countries.”

WORLD HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in the history of the United Nations was hosted by Turkey at Istanbul Congress Center on May 21-24, 2016. Representatives from over 180 countries and international organizations, including nearly 60 heads of state and government participated in the summit and discussed the global aid system.

15 special sessions, 17 roundtable meetings, 130 side events and 30 exhibitions were held during the summit. 500 local and international NGOs shared their experiences. 345 firms from across the world participated in the summit.

The summit witnessed the highest participation after UN General-Assembly. Over 10 thousand participants attended the summit, which was followed by 900 reporters.

SUMMIT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

The summit was followed with great interest in social media. The summit programme as well as the humanitarian policies of Turkey and President Erdoğan’s summit schedule were also shared via official twitter (twitter.com/dizturkiye) and facebook (facebook.com/dizturkiye) accounts in Turkish, English and Arabic. The tag #Humanistanbul, used for the summit, was shared by over 15 thousand users in Turkey.