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"Canada's back" and "Because it's 2015" are two phrases that have triggered a process that could reshape Canada's image in the world. Last month, Global Affairs Canada launched a review and consultation on their proposed approach to international assistance -- a process that could give meaningful shape to these phrases.
There are 60 million displaced people in the world. Every day, 42,000 more are forcibly uprooted by armed conflicts, natural disasters, persecution and inequality. Most aren't trying to reach Europe or faraway Canada. Their destinations are often those nearest to the emergency.
Going into the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, there are good reasons why conflict and violence remain high on the agenda, but these reasons are not new. Conflicts and violence exact a brutal toll on people and affected communities as tragic civilian deaths, injuries, rape and torture become a daily experience
On May 23-24, governments, political leaders, civil society organizations, and the private sector will come together in Istanbul for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). This major international event comes as the world is experiencing extreme human suffering.