Angela Merkel will attend WHS during May 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey

The German Chancellor and other 50 important world-leaders will participate at the first-ever world humanitarian summit that addresses the global aid strategy

Despite medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announcing its withdrawal from attending WHS due to losing faith in the humanity of the world officials, the event is yet a very expected one, as the first edition will take place during May 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Angela Merkel, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou and Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam have already confirmed their presence at the event, as well as other official delegates from 110 countries world-wide.

The top issue addressed by WHS will be the crisis in humanitarian financing. The goal of the event is to urge world governments to commit to funding humanitarian work and humanitarian crisis emerging on a global level.

Climate change, natural disasters, migration, war and infection diseases outbreaks are among the summit’s hot topics this edition.

Nevertheless, most aid officials agree that a joint political effort, more funding and promoting of prevention methods best addresses any humanitarian cause.