I will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to represent Australia at the World Humanitarian Summit on 22-24 May 2016.
This Summit, the first of its kind, will bring together government leaders, international organisations, civil society and businesses from around the world to strengthen global responses to humanitarian challenges.
I will use my visit to take forward Australia’s agenda to secure new, innovative ways to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience in vulnerable communities. I will meet with ministers from across the Indo-Pacific to discuss Australia’s ongoing humanitarian and disaster preparedness and response work in our region.
I will also meet with the heads of UN humanitarian relief and refugee agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross to discuss how we can improve institutional capacity and generate financing to respond effectively to global humanitarian challenges.
Australia is a leader in providing humanitarian assistance. We are working closely with our Pacific neighbours to prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters. Our support for Fiji and Vanuatu following devastating cyclones are just two examples of Australia’s ongoing commitment to the region.
We are embracing new technologies and innovation in Australia’s humanitarian program. The recent Pacific Humanitarian Challenge was an important step to achieving this.
Australia also has a strong record of contributing to global humanitarian efforts, including through our commitment of an additional $220 million over three years to address the critical humanitarian and resilience needs in Syria and neighbouring countries.
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