As the crisis in Yemen continues to worsen, the European Union has pledged €107.5 million in new funding for 2018 to help civilians most in need across the country.
The announcement was made at the High Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen held in Geneva today, bringing total EU funding to Yemen to €438.2 million since the beginning of the crisis in 2015.
In Geneva, the European Union co-hosted the 'Humanitarian Conference on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)'. On this occasion, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides reiterated the EU's support in response to the worsening humanitarian situation in the region, with contributions worth €77 million in emergency and development assistance to the DRC crisis.
From 18 April to 1 May 2018, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), supported by the European Commission's European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations in collaboration with the Belgian Red Cross, will broadcast a short film on the risks to health-care in cinemas across Belgium.
For today and tomorrow, the EU hosts the second Brussels Conference "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region", co-chaired with the United Nations. Ahead of the main ministerial plenary sessions tomorrow, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will meet UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura today. They will have an exchange with representatives from the Syrian civil society and will hold a joint press conference.
On 24 and 25 April, the EU and the UN co-chaired the Brussels II Conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”. The Conference brought together delegations from over 85 countries, international organisations, and civil society who collectively committed to continued engagement and support for a UN-led political solution in Syria and its neighbouring countries.
The European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations has approved an additional €200 000 in aid for 8 000 Central African refugees in Chad which will be distributed by the Red Cross movement.
Today, the European Commission announced new humanitarian aid of €3 million to help civilians in need of urgent assistance in Gaza. The funding will be channelled exclusively through international humanitarian partners to deliver health, water, and sanitation assistance to Palestinians in need of critical assistance. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: “The EU's emergency assistance will help provide basic supplies to civilians in need.
The European Commission has announced a package of urgent humanitarian aid to help contain an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An initial €1.5 million will provide logistics support to the World Health Organization (WHO), and a further €130 000 offered to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) for life-saving interventions by the Congolese Red Cross. Moreover, the Commission's humanitarian air service ECHO Flight' is due to transport medical experts and emergency staff as well as equipment to the affected areas.
The Commission has adopted a new policy framework, which aims to increase humanitarian funding for education in emergencies and crises to 10% of its overall humanitarian aid budget as of 2019. The policy also aims to bring children caught up in humanitarian crises back to learning within 3 months.