The European Commission has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget of €1.4 billion for 2021 to tackle global humanitarian needs, further exacerbated by the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the effects of climate change. The budget includes €28 million to fund projects addressing crises in Ukraine, the Western Balkans and the Caucasus.
The overall budget represents an increase of more than 60% compared with the initial humanitarian budget of €900 million adopted last year, and breaks down as follows:
Since climate change is increasing communities’ vulnerability to humanitarian crises, the funding will also help vulnerable populations in disaster-prone countries to prepare better for various natural hazards, such as floods, forest fires, earthquakes, and cyclones.
“Ultimately, humanitarian aid is about saving lives. Yet the gap between the financial resources provided by donors and the rapidly increasing humanitarian needs in 2021 is growing ,” said Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management. “To leave no one behind we therefore need more international partners to step up to fill this gap. We should not forget that only a global response will solve global issues, such as the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.”
The European Union has been providing humanitarian aid since 1992 in over 110 countries, reaching millions of people across the globe each year. EU assistance is delivered through humanitarian partner organisations, including UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, and the Red Cross family .
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