Share humanity – leave no one behind
World Humanitarian Summit meets in Istanbul, 23-24 May
Istanbul, 23 May 2016
Refugee tents at the Syrian – Turkish border
The first ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) takes place in Istanbul this week. World leaders – governments, international institutions, international aid agencies and faith-based aid agencies – will meet to reaffirm the principles at the heart of humanitarian action – humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. This reaffirmation is one of the main goals of the participation of the Sovereign Order of Malta in the WHS. “Religious leaders and faith-based organisations are often trusted first responders and long-term community partners in crises. The Summit is the ideal opportunity for representatives of all different faiths to come together and affirm their commitment to humanitarian assistance and protection,” explains Albrecht Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta. “Our priority is to reaffirm the principles of international humanitarian laws, often ignored by parties, and not just armed rebel groups and non-state actors, as the attacks on hospitals, schools and against health workers sadly remind us”.