The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul will be held with the support and initiative of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as well as President and Parliament of the Republic of Turkey.
Besides the official delegations of the UN member states, senior officials from regional and international organizations, politicians, leaders of 65 states, delegates from 177 countries, representatives of civil society, academia and the press will take part in the first World Humanitarian Summit. The total number of participants is about 5,000 people, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and Prime Minister of Lebanon Tammam Salam.
During the two-day summit, a wide range of current issues will be discussed, including the role of policy in preventing and resolving conflicts, protection against global threats, common development, improvement of living standards of people, investing in human capital, gender equality, as well as issues of climate change and disaster management.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is now on his working visit to Istanbul, during which he will speak at the plenary session of the World Humanitarian Summit, as well as take part in a round table discussion focusing on the role of political leaders in prevention and de-escalation of conflicts.