Merkel calls for better coordination of aid ahead of UN summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday called for better coordination of aid efforts ahead of the first United Nations humanitarian aid summit in Turkey.

The two-day meeting, which starts Monday in Istanbul, is not about concrete financial pledges, rather it was about better integration of the various stakeholders, she said in her weekly podcast from Berlin.

Another aim of the meeting was a more comprehensive overview of aid efforts, such as through the packaging of aid pledges in databanks, she said.

It is necessary "to follow whether what has been promised at international conferences is also later done," Merkel said. This was lacking in many places, the chancellor said.

According to the UN, which has organized the summit, there are currently 125 million people worldwide reliant on humanitarian aid.

Merkel plans to travel to Turkey on Sunday and is expected to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during her visit.

Last update: Sat, 21/05/2016 - 12:57

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