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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday that the United Nations decision for Istanbul to host the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit indicated the growing profile of Turkey in the international arena.
At an event held on September 26 during the 68th UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the Summit would be held in Istanbul. The Summit, he said, aims to map out a humanitarian agenda for the future that is more effective and inclusive, and addresses the significant challenges facing the world.
The written Foreign Ministry statement noted that Turkey would aim for the Summit to set the agenda of international humanitarian law, humanitarian intervention and aid.
"The Summit will serve as a historical step in terms of the mutual concerns and aims of the international community," it said.
UN Secretary-General Ban stressed that the selection of Istanbul derived from Turkey's noteworthy humanitarian contributions at the international, regional, and national levels as well as Istanbul's historical characteristics and logistic capabilities, said the statement.
"Turkey will host the World Humanitarian Summit, to be held with the attendance of the actors in the humanitarian platform including media, NGOs, academic institutions and the private sector, in cooperation and consultation with the UN and the governments which are interested," the statement concluded.
Davutoglu called the Summit the "most meaningful" international event ever to be held in Turkey, and extended his thanks to the Secretary-General and UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos.Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Eylül 2013, 12:44