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Posted by DMT in Education on August 28th, 2018



by Zeynep Cermen


ISTANBUL, May 24 (Xinhua) -- "We are one humanity with a shared responsibility," the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit ended here on Tuesday with these words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.


"We are here to shape a different future," Ban said. "Let us resolve here and now not only to keep people alive, but to give people a chance at a life in dignity."


The summit has brought together more than 5,000 delegates from 177 member states, including 65 heads of governments for the first time in UN history to re-design the current humanitarian system.


The system has long been proved to be inadequate to address the increasing demand for humanitarian aid for about 130 million displaced people amid hundreds killed in a recent earthquake in Ecuador, thousands more had been fleeing from bombings and war atrocities in Syria and millions facing hunger in southern Africa.


During the two-day summit, participants tried to develop new methods to the system in five core responsibility domains: Conflict prevention, protection of civilians, leaving no one behind, ending the need for humanitarian aid and investing in humanity.


Ban mostly pressed the world leaders to show a political will of a scale and scope not seen in recent years to prevent wars and save the generations.


The leaders basically admitted that the governments failed to turn promises into action from the borders of Syria to the shores of the Mediterranean so far, and the current humanitarian system is not working anymore.


For the first time the world leaders, to prevent conflicts, are determined to focus on the root causes and try to better analyze economic, social and cultural factors while paying more attention to the conflict resolution in the post-conflict sphere.


Andrea Jamburini, the CEO of "Action against Hunger," expressed his optimism that the summit will create profound changes on the humanitarian aid system.


"We not only call on related actors to uphold international humanitarian law, but we also commit ourselves to certain actions to make sure the future will be better for civilians caught in conflict and humanitarian workers," he said.


The head of International committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer also noted that the summit could build a momentum of peer pressure and have a snow ball effect.


"The Grand Bargain is a good example of peer pressure -- you come to this summit and you commit to 

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