2016 is a significant year in our history, with several anniversaries being marked over the coming months.
Throughout history people have been forced to flee their country because of persecution, war or violence. In the wake of the Second World War the number of displaced people increased. The 1951 Refugee Convention, signed by 144 State parties, was agreed as the key legal instrument defining the term ‘refugee’. It outlines the rights of the displaced, as well as the legal obligations of States to protect them.
As the international humanitarian community meet in Istanbul for the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), Wilton Park reflects on the preparations for the summit particularly the role it has played in these preparations.