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World Humanitarian Summit: “We are here to shape a different future,” says UN Secretary-General

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opens the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. 23 May 2016. Credit: OCHA

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opens the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. 23 May 2016. Credit: OCHA

At the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the President of Turkey, relief activists and international celebrities to urge the global community to shape a different future for the world.

“We are all here because global humanitarian action is unprecedentedly strained,” Mr. Ban told thousands of participants attending the opening ceremony, adding he had proposed the Summit four years earlier out of concern for rising humanitarian needs and declining political will. “Today, the urgency has only grown,” the Secretary-General stressed.

The United Nations estimates that a record number of people – 130 million – currently need aid to survive. More people have been forced from their homes than…

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