World Humanitarian Summit: Turn commitment into action

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Adama Dieng, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Commitments made by governments attending the first ever World Humanitarian Summit should be translated into action, a senior UN human rights expert has said.

Adama Dieng, the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Genocide, was speaking on the final day of the conference being held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Reem Abaza reports.

Mr Dieng said his discussions at the World Humanitarian Summit focused on respect for human rights and international humanitarian law.

He said global crises have generated millions of refugees and migrants, and resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths.

He pointed out that women and children are the first victims of crisis.

 "I only hope that the numerous commitments made by member states are genuine. I only hope that those who have spoken will translate into action their speeches, which means that they will ensure that the international humanitarian law is respected, that they will respect it and also ensure that all the parties will respect it."

Mr Dieng quoted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said the Summit was about "One Humanity, Shared Responsibility."

He expressed hope that the world will become a more peaceful place, but only if countries translate this idea into action.

Reporting from the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, I'm Reem Abaza.

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