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Commissioner Georgieva meets John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief

John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, with Commissioner Georgieva © EU
30/03/2010  - 

The Emergency aid chiefs of the United Nations and the European Union met in New York ahead of the international Donors Conference on Haiti on 30 March. They had an in-depth exchange of views on the situation in Haiti, concluding that while the focus of efforts was progressively shifting towards reconstruction, the humanitarian needs are still there and require sustained action from the UN and the EU for at least the next year - notably in the sectors of health, sanitation and shelter. The importance of putting in place appropriate contingency plans and relief in view of the coming hurricane season later this year was also discussed. Commissioner Georgieva indicated that the Commission's latest humanitarian funding decision of EUR 90 million will aim at covering those priority needs in a context of transition from relief to recovery and rehabilitation.

Kristalina Georgieva and Sir John Holmes also discussed the humanitarian situation in Sudan, both in Darfur and in the south, which remains a source of prime concern, considering the level of humanitarian needs and the problems of access and security encountered by the relief organisations. The two exchanged information on their organisations' respective action in relation to aid delivery and advocacy towards the Sudanese for respecting the "humanitarian space".