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Brussels, 30 November 2010

The European Commission and UN 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.

Mr. Rashid Khalikov chaired the satellite launch of the Humanitarian Appeal 2011 this afternoon in Brussels, with the participation of Commissioner Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Mr. Peter Moors Director General Directorate General for Development Cooperation Kingdom of Belgium. Ed Schenkenberg van Mierop Coordinator International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), Mr Maxwell Gaylard Deputy Special Coordinator (UNSCO) United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt), Max Hadorn Head of OCHA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

During the event the UN presented its USD 7.4 billion Humanitarian Appeal to provide urgent humanitarian aid to 50 million people in 28 countries worldwide. The 2011 Humanitarian Appeal is the biggest Appeal in dollar terms ever launched since the creation of the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) in 1991. It comprises appeals for the West Africa region and 13 countries: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Haiti, Kenya, Niger, the occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

The Appeal marks the culmination of a large-scale process in which 425 aid organizations including United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations and other international organizations have come together to set out how we can meet the world's major humanitarian challenges in a strategic, coordinated and effective way.

Tthe Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) brings aid organizations together to jointly plan, coordinate, implement and monitor their response to natural disasters and complex emergencies, and to appeal for funds cohesively, not competitively. This means people in need can receive the best possible protection and assistance, in time.

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