30 September 2015, New York – Remarks by Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management, at the event “World Humanitarian Summit – Humanitarian Action: A Forward-Looking”
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Your Excellency Mr. Secretary General,
Your Excellency Mr. Prime Minister,
First, let me take this opportunity to thank the United Nations and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as Turkey and Prime Minister Davutoglu for hosting this important event.
The World Humanitarian Summit is a unique opportunity for the humanitarian system. We must take full advantage of it. Because the challenges we are facing are unprecedented.
It is important that the Summit is taking place in Istanbul. A symbolic place. A bridge between continents. Between cultures. Between religions. A bridge between East and West. With the completion of the Summit, Istanbul will also become a symbol of dialogue. A symbol of partnership in humanitarian aid.
The Summit is a key priority for me, as European Commissioner of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. The European Commission has strongly supported the Summit from the very beginning. We will continue to do so. We have recently set out our position on the Summit. For us, of primary importance is the development of diversified partnerships.
We have the chance, in May, to sit together and reshape the way we deliver aid. The way we can achieve our common objective of saving lives. Of preventing suffering.
We can do this only by working together. By creating synergies. By coming together in partnerships. By reaffirming that solidarity is a global principle and a universal value. By pooling together our information and resources. By working together with development actors. With political actors. With the private sector.
The Summit is a golden opportunity to reshape the humanitarian aid system. To advance these goals.
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