EU passes record humanitarian budget for 2016
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Commission has announced adoptinga record humanitarian aid budget of €1.1 billion for 2016 for life-saving relief in manmade and natural disasters to date.
Global humanitarian needs are increasing due to the growing number of refugees and displaced persons as a result of armed conflict, the rising impact of natural disasters, climate change and the economic crisis.
Christos Stylianides, EU commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, said in a statement on Wednesday: "Next year we'll have a record budget due to tragically high levels of needs.
“The EU will continue to play its role to address the needs of the most vulnerable and can be proud to remain among the leading global donors of humanitarian assistance in 2016.”
At the same, Stylianides called on other donors to step up their commitments. From the refugee crisis to the impact of natural disasters, a stronger global response was needed, added the commissioner for humanitarian aid.
Next year’s humanitarian budget will address the external dimension of the refugee crisis in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, the Western Balkans and Iraq. It will also assist people affected by other conflicts, such as in South Sudan and Ukraine.
The funding will also help vulnerable individuals caught up in 'forgotten crises', such as to displaced people in Colombia, Myanmar and Afghanistan, which otherwise escape the attention of the international community.
As a particular priority, the European Commission is set to increase in 2016 its humanitarian funding for education in emergencies from 1% to 4% of the EU's overall humanitarian budget, meeting the UN set target.
Other priorities include helping vulnerable communities prepare for and better cope with recurrent natural disasters, such as those of South East Asia, as well as to improve aid delivery.
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