UN chief calls for global summit for securing sustainable aid to refugees

AMMAN, March 27 (KUNA) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday announced the United Nations aims to hold a global humanitarian summit to ensure the sustainability of aid flow to refugees.
In a joint press conference in the Jordanian capital, the UN chief expressed hopes the cessation of hostilities in Syria would pave the way for dialogue among warring parties and facilitate aid delivery to refugees, internally displaced people and those stranded in besieged cities.
Ban voiced support to the Jordanian demand to secure required aid and turn aid plans into development opportunities to back economies and local communities in hosting countries.
He emphasized the importance of world countries’ commitment to the fight against the so-called Islamic State group.
In this regard, the UN chief lauded the Jordanian role in the anti-IS international military coalition.
The press conference with also attended by Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Jordanian Planning and International Development Minister Emad Fakhoury and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
For his part, Jordanian Foreign Minister said that the UN and WB chiefs’ visit reflects the international community’s understanding of the back-breaking burden imposed on the Jordanian economy by the non-stop influx of Syrian refugees.
Jordan is the worst affected country in the region as over 1.3 million Syrians, nearly 20 percent of Jordan’s population, have crossed borders since the start of the conflict, he said.
He reiterated his country’s call for a political settlement to the six-year civil conflict.
Judeh also shed lights on the Hashemite Kingdom’s role in countering the threat of terrorism.
Ban is touring the Middle East and he is accompanied by World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and chief of Islamic Development Bank Dr. Mohammad Ali.
Ban’s tour aims at gathering support for an international shared responsibility to promote world peace and development. (pickup previous) mjb.ibi