Over 4.3 million Syrians are affected by the current refugee crisis and it is estimated there will be at least 4.7 million by the end of the year, making them the largest refugee population in the world.
More than half of those suffering are children under age 18 who have lost everything: family, friends, education and the hope of a normal life.
To address this problem, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has called for a World Humanitarian Summit on May 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey. This meeting will combine humanitarian leaders from around the world to discuss the crisis while focusing on this question: How can humanitarian action be more innovative?
The Vatican is sending three top representatives to the meeting including Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, Permanent Observer to the UN, Bernard Auza and Silvano Tomasi, who until a few months ago was the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva.
The Summit is first and formost a call to action to change the affects of the crisis on a global, regional and local level. It will strive to reshape the aid given to refugees during the current crisis by utilizing the technological advancements available in the world today.
The refugee crisis is not the only topic. All participants will be commited to a unified agenda focusing on climate change, urbanization, population growth and how recent technology can be used for the benefit of everyone. In each topic idea there will be further brainstorming about how to build new ideas, share them and invest in them.
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