European Union call to action ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit
Brussels/ Bern: 18 May 2016
Currently 125 million people require humanitarian assistance. Displacement has reached levels not seen since the Second World War, much of it driven by protracted conflict, and the amount of funding required by humanitarian appeals grew by 600 per cent over the last ten years.
As one of the world’s largest humanitarian aid donors, the European Union (EU) has a responsibility to seize every opportunity to reduce the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance by building the long-term resilience of communities through: scaling-up investments in conflict prevention and resolution; applying a conflict sensitive approach to development and humanitarian assistance programmes; ensuring policy coherence with the 2030 Agenda; including conflict sensitivity as a key principle in proposals, tenders and funding application guidelines; including conflict sensitivity as criteria for assessment in evaluating project proposals. The Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, International Alert, Search for Common Ground, World Vision International, Pax Christi and swisspeace call for the European Union to integrate these recommendations as a priority within the new EU Global Strategy of Foreign and Security policy.