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European Commission - Statement

Statement by Commissioner Christos Stylianides on the designation of the UN high-level panel on humanitarian financing

Brussels, 22 May 2015

"I warmly welcome the establishment by the United Nations Secretary-General of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing.

We are confronted with humanitarian needs on an unprecedented scale. These are caused by a proliferation of crises – both conflicts and natural disasters, linked not least to the dramatic impact of climate change. It is essential to address the lack of sufficient resources to meet these growing needs. The lives and livelihoods of millions of people are at stake. The High-Level Panel will focus on innovative ways of raising more resources and using the resources we have more effectively. It can also contribute to the work of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.

The appointment of Kristalina Georgieva as Co-Chair of the Panel is both recognition of her outstanding work as Vice-President for Budget and Human Resources and former EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, and of the EU's important contribution to humanitarian aid. The composition of the panel as a whole reflects the need for collective mobilization by governments, civil society and the private sector, and by both traditional and emerging donors."

STATEMENT/15/5029

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