Turkey will play host to the ground-breaking World Humanitarian Summit, the first such summit of its kind, on May 23-24, in Istanbul. The summit, spearheaded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is aimed at discussing humanitarian issues in detail.
The high-profile summit will attract up to 5,000 participants, including statesmen, businessman, NGOs, international agencies, and representatives of communities affected by refuge crises. The summit will suggest to countries sustainable policies and measures to address shortcomings and difficulties in the humanitarian system.
Turkey itself is currently home to the world’s largest refugee population, and it has spent $10 billion on the refugee crises on its soil since 2011.
In the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ranking of aid allocated, Turkey came in second with $2.42 billion following the U.S.. However, in terms of aid as a percentage of its gross national product (GDP), Turkey ranks first.