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World’s first humanitarian summit kicks off in Istanbul

The two-day World Humanitarian Summit, the first of its kind, officially kicked off on May 23 in Istanbul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered the opening speech of the summit with a focus on Turkey’ efforts on humanitarian and development aid.

World leaders from United Nations member states, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam are in Istanbul for the summit.

During the summit, at least 50 heads of government will announce several commitments to reduce humanitarian disasters.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on world leaders to fix the gap in humanitarian funding and share the burden of helping people in need across the globe.