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Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, July II 2019

The main highlight of the July II plenary session was the election of Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission. Other highlights included a statement by Viorica Dăncilă, Prime Minister of Romania, on the outcome of that country’s Council presidency, and by Antti Rinne, Prime Minister of Finland on the priorities for the current Finnish Council Presidency. Continue reading

Using technology to help those in need

As a result of conflict and protracted crises, 200 million people are currently in need of international humanitarian assistance around the world. Providing timely and adequate assistance to everyone who needs it is an increasingly challenging task, due to the growing needs of people and the complex nature of the crises. Continue reading

EU support for human rights defenders around the world

Twenty years after the UN General Assembly adopted its Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) to enhance recognition of their role and encourage states to create a more protective environment, many human rights defenders still face significant threats, and the situation of those working in certain areas has even deteriorated. Continue reading

Aid workers [What Europe does for you]

EU development policy seeks to foster the sustainable development of developing countries, with the primary aim of eradicating poverty. Continue reading

Towards a global compact on refugees: Strengthening international cooperation to ease the plight of refugees in the world

The recent large-scale flows of refugees and migrants have brought to the world’s attention more forcefully than ever the plight of persons who are forced to flee their homes due to war, insecurity or persecution. Continue reading

European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Commission took the opportunity provided by the September 2016 proposal for mid-term review/revision of the 2014-2020 MFF to propose the creation of a new innovative financial instrument – the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD). Continue reading

Technologies for humanitarian aid

The number of people in need due to humanitarian crises resulting from conflicts, climate change-related events or population growth is on the rise. The crises are becoming more complex and protracted, while, at the same time, technological progress advances at an ever increasing pace worldwide. Does technology offer a means for preventing or mitigating the implications of crises? Continue reading

EU response to the Caribbean hurricanes

The scenes of devastation caused by recent hurricanes in the Caribbean are a stark reminder of the destructive force of nature. As residents struggle to rebuild their lives following the passage of the latest storms, attention turns to the relief efforts. The EU can help through emergency humanitarian assistance and a variety of funding mechanisms, depending on the status of the territories concerned and their relationship with the EU. Continue reading

The future of multilateralism: Crisis or opportunity?

Written by Elena Lazarou, Multilateralism lies at the core of the EU’s identity and of its engagement with the world. Both the 2003 European Security Strategy and the 2016 Global Strategy emphasised the importance of a rules-based global order with multilateralism as its key principle and the United Nations (UN) at its core, and made … Continue reading

Mapping the future of Syria: State of play and options

Written by Patryk Pawlak, Despite the humanitarian and security crisis, progress towards a United Nations (UN) negotiated political settlement of the conflict has been slow, mostly on account of disagreement over President Bashar al-Assad’s future. The adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 on 18 December 2015 – setting out a roadmap for a peace … Continue reading

Integration of refugees and migrants: Participation in cultural activities

Written by Magdalena Pasikowska-Schnass, Over the past two years, the European Union has received people fleeing conflict zones outside of Europe on a scale unprecedented for Europe since World War II. In the multi-faceted challenge of integrating new arrivals, cultural aspects are also part of the solution. Refugees and migrants – challenges and benefits of … Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: EU Aid Volunteers initiative

Written by Alina Dobreva with Philipp Wegner, Volunteering brings practical relief to communities hit by natural or man-made disasters. It also raises volunteers’ awareness and strengthens their sense of solidarity with victims, and helps them to acquire professional skills and experience. The EU Aid Volunteers initiative (EUAV) promotes volunteering among young Europeans, breaking down the … Continue reading

World Humanitarian Summit – Wanted: Humanity

Written by Clare Ferguson and Marta Latek, Whether the situation in Turkey was a factor in the choice of venue for the first ever United Nations World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May 2016, is unconfirmed. According to the European Commission, however, with some 3.1 million refugees on its territory, the country is currently the largest host of … Continue reading

World Humanitarian Summit 2016 [Plenary podcast]

Written by Marta Latek, The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), on 23 and 24 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey, will bring together a panoply of representatives of world governments, business, and civil society, in order to find a way to improve humanitarian responses to increasingly challenging conditions. The May plenary is due to hear from … Continue reading

Outlook for the European Council of 17-18 March 2016

Written by Ralf Drachenberg and Stanislas de Finance The European Council of 17-18 March 2016 will discuss further steps to address the migration crisis, focusing on the follow-up to the 7 March meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government with Turkey and on reforming the EU’s existing framework for a common asylum policy. … Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: Humanitarian Aid

Written by Alina Dobreva EU Humanitarian Aid (HA) provides a needs-based emergency response to natural disasters and man-made crises outside the EU, in order to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and protect the human dignity of affected populations. It provides relief regardless of recipients’ nationality, religion, gender or ethnic origin, and based on … Continue reading

Irak : le sort des Yézidis [keysource]

Dernière mise à jour : 22/12/2016 Une note “en bref” [FR et EN] sur le même sujet a été publiée le 09/12/2016.  Le prix Sakharov 2016 décerné par le Parlement européen à Nadia Mourad Bassi Taha et Lamiya Aji Bachar rappelle le sort de leur peuple, les Yézidis, proportionnellement l’un des plus touchés par la … Continue reading

Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention: Maputo+15

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig Fifteen years after its entry into force, the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban (APMB) Convention met again in Maputo, Mozambique, to review the Convention’s implementation and assess the remaining challenges in eradicating mines from the world. Anti-personnel mines: addressing the humanitarian costs In the mid-1990s, landmines killed or injured between … Continue reading

South Sudan: conflict and humanitarian situation

Written by Eric Pichon [last update : 02/02/2016] Two years ago, a violent civil war broke out in South Sudan, it was caused by a number of entangled factors, that can be boiled down to a struggle for power and oil in a devastated country. Appeasement of rivalries between the main two leaders of independence, … Continue reading

The situation of Kurds in Kobane

3 language versions available in pdf: The situation of Kurds in Kobane Die Lage der Kurden in Kobane La situation des Kurdes à Kobané Commenting on the fighting against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, citizens called on the EU to help the civilians and threatened minorities. In particular, they were concerned about the … Continue reading

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