Denmark bringing millions to Istanbul summit

Foreign minister has 95 million kroner for Syria, Yemen and Ethiopia

When the foreign minister, Kristian Jensen, arrives in Istanbul to take part in the UN World Humanitarian Summit today, he won’t be showing up empty-handed.

Jensen will have 95 million kroner earmarked for people in need in Syria, Yemen and Ethiopia.

“I’m going to the humanitarian summit to underline that we are stepping up our share of responsibility for the global refugee crisis. And then some,” said Jensen.

“That will be cemented by the 95 million kroner in aid set aside for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

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66,000 displaced today
Jensen went on to contend that it was important to find new ways to help the some 125 million people who are in need of humanitarian aid around the world and 60 million people who have been forced to flee their homes.

In 2015 alone, almost 30 million people fled their homes due to violence, conflict and natural catastrophes, which is the equivalent of 66,000 people a day.

Of the 95 million kroner, 60 million will go to Syria, 25 million will head to Yemen and 10 million will help out Ethiopia.

The funds will be channeled through the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) and a government program in Ethiopia.