World needs renewed consensus on humanitarian principles - Merkel (Version 2)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 23
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
Today there is a need for renewed global consensus regarding humanitarian principles, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on May 23.
She stressed that the scale of the suffering that is witnessed today, is shocking. She also stressed the need for complete system of humanitarian aid.
"What we need more than anything else is reliability with regard to those who support the delivery of humanitarian aid," Merkel said.
She also said that Germany will make more funds available humanitarian assistance and aid.
"We need crisis, emergency and response facilities that are well funded," Merkel said.
First World Humanitarian Summit is being held by an initiative of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with the organizational support of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The summit involves representatives of 177 countries, including 125 heads of state and governments.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov, President of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, the 5th Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah IV Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of Lebanon Tammam Salam, as well as leaders of other countries are taking part in the summit.
The purpose of the summit is to strengthen the international humanitarian system.
It is not a coincidence that Istanbul was chosen as a venue to host the summit, since Turkey received the largest number of refugees.
The summit will continue its work May 23-24.