President Nicos Anastasiades is due to leave on Sunday for Istanbul to participate in the first World Humanitarian Summit to be held between May 23 and 24, the presidential palace said.
The meeting was convened by the UN Secretary General with the main aim of building consensus among all UN Member States, international humanitarian agencies and organisations and the private sector to reform the existing international humanitarian system.
The ultimate goal of the summit is to better forecast and manage humanitarian crises either caused by natural disasters or conflicts as well as providing the necessary commodities and services more effectively through the assumption of relevant commitments by the participants.
The meeting is expected to be attended by over 60 heads of state and government, heads of international multilateral organisations, community representatives who have been affected by crises, CEOs from the private sector, leaders and representatives of international and national NGOs, representatives of youth and civil society as well as academics.
During his stay in Istanbul, Anastasiades will have a number of meetings with heads of state and government including the Prime Minister of Finland and Prime Minister of Lebanon.