Humanitarian conference about "helping people who have suffered"

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Many people have been forced to flee their homes Iraq, due to ongoing conflict September 2015. Photo: WFP/Mohammed Al Bahbahani

An international conference focusing on multiple global humanitarian crises is about supporting people who are affected by natural and man-made disasters, according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

More than 125 Heads of State and Government are expected to attend the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit which begins in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday.

The United Nations is describing the event as a wake-up call for action in the "service of common humanity", one which can provide a "launch pad for new initiatives."

Elena Vapnitchnaia is in Turkey. She asked Mr Eliasson how optimistic he was that people could be helped quickly.

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