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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Call for global solidarity in front of growing Humanitarian needs

The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, and the Director of UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva, Rashid Khalikov have called for a generous response by all global actors, in the presentation of the 2011 UN Consolidated Appeal Process in a conference today in Brussels. “Humanitarian needs around the world are on the rise. Alleviating the suffering of the people affected by natural disasters, violent crises and conflicts is a matter of global solidarity. The European Union, as the biggest world donor of Humanitarian will work shoulder to shoulder with UN agencies and with all our other partners to make a difference on the ground between life and death. Current economic crisis should not make us forget those who suffer the most”, said Dr. Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. “We are here today because tens of millions of people will need emergency assistance in order to survive in 2011. Conflicts and natural disasters will continue to disrupt the lives and livelihoods of populations and will limit their access to essentials such as drinking water and health care. The worst-affected are often also the most vulnerable ones that additional shocks can push deeper into poverty. This Appeal is asking for resources to meet the needs of the affected populations through provision of life-saving assistance," said Rashid Khalikov, Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva. "The appeal at hand is the largest one we have ever launched. We will be successful in addressing humanitarian needs only if the international community comes together and provides us with the necessary resources”, he added.

Source: European Commission