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COVID-19: 235m people require humanitarian assistance this year – EU

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The European Commission (EU) has projected about 235 million people require humanitarian assistance this year, while the Commission strengthen the EU’s global aid to meet the rising humanitarian needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commission who disclosed this while getting an overview of the EU actions worldwide, proposed to strengthen the European Union’s global humanitarian impact in order to meet the substantially rising humanitarian needs.

The Commission proposed a series of key actions to expedite the provision of humanitarian aid by expanding the resource base, supporting a better enabling environment for humanitarian partners and addressing the root causes of crises through a ‘Team Europe’ approach.

The High Representative/ Vice President, Josep Borrell said, “Today, the average humanitarian crisis lasts more than 9 years, some even longer. Many risk being ’forgotten’ such as Yemen or Syria. But the EU does not forget. Humanitarian aid is one of the most tangible examples of the EU’s external action and proof of our solidarity.

“Respect for International Humanitarian Law must be at the heart of our foreign policy more than ever to support principled humanitarian action and to protect civilians as well as the humanitarian workers who risk their lives to protect them around the world”, he said.

Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “In a world where the footprint of crises is expanding rapidly and the principles of humanitarian aid are being challenged as rarely before, the EU’s global responsibility as a humanitarian actor has never been more important.

“This comes regrettably as needs rise to an all-time high but the global donor base remains disturbingly narrow. We need to deliver better, by boosting the efficiency and impact of our humanitarian action.

“We need to be able to react with full force as soon as crises emerge. This renewed strategic outlook spells out how the EU can step up to help those most in need and show leadership at a time when the delivery of principled aid is acutely needed”, she said.

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