U.N. chief Ban calls for halving of numbers of displaced by 2030

Reuters News
Posted: May 23, 2016 4:48 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on government and business leaders, aid groups and donors at a humanitarian summit in Istanbul to commit to halving the number of displaced civilians by 2030.

"We are here to shape a different future," Ban said in a speech at the start of the two-day conference.

"I urge you to commit to cutting (by) half (the number of) internally displaced people by 2030 and to find better long-term solutions for refugees and displaced people based on more equal sharing of responsibilities," he said.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Ayla Jean Yackley; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Nick Tattersall)