The European Union as a Crisis manager [104 KB]
It is a great pleasure to be invited back to the EPC. What I would like to do today is reflect on what has been done since you last introduced me at an event like this - three years ago – and to set out our vision of strengthening the EU's capacity to manage crisis.
AGIR – one year on
It is a great pleasure and an honour to be with you again today. One year ago, many of us met in Ouagadougou, and together we launched AGIR-Sahel. Today is a key staging post in our collective effort to make AGIR a reality on the ground. D'agir ensemble pour la resilience au Sahel. Allow me to share a few thoughts on how far we have come together, and what lies ahead for AGIR.
The Future of European Humanitarian Assistance – changing risks and changing structures [145 KB]
Thank you very much for the kind invitation to address this round table discussion. Your subject – the future of European humanitarian assistance – is topical since humanitarian aid is in ever greater demand.
The Syrian crisis – humanitarian priorities of the European Commission
A year ago there were hopes for an imminent solution. Since then the number of people killed quadrupled, from 27,000 to over 100,000 and the number of refugees increased eight times, from 270,000 to over 2.1 million.
Humanitarian aid in a riskier, more complex world
Today's humanitarian landscape is quite different from what it was in 1991, when the ground-breaking General Assembly resolution 46/182 established the bases of the current humanitarian system. The world has grown wealthier with new technologies and innovation that help us to better address needs.
Developing a European Policy on Disaster Risk Management
We are living in an increasingly fragile world. Climate change, urbanisation, population growth and environmental degradation mean that the frequency and intensity of disasters has risen steadily over recent decades. And these trends are set to continue. It is estimated that by 2050 the urban population exposed to earthquakes and major storms will more than double and reach 1.5 billion.
The lessons learned and ways forward for EU Aid Volunteers
It's been almost exactly one year ago that I had the pleasure of meeting two from your ranks here in Brussels: Maaike and Colm. It was the 19 September 2012 when I presented to the public our proposal for setting up the EU Aid Volunteers. I outlined how we thought this new initiative would make a real difference: giving the humanitarian community a much needed reinforcement of a highly motivated and well- trained workforce at a time when, because of climate change and more complex conflicts, needs are growing; and giving Europeans a new platform to show their solidarity with those who need it the most.
Richer and more fragile: how can we learn to live in a more volatile world?
Rather than reading off an abstract speech, I wanted to share with you some observations from my everyday job as EU Commissioner for humanitarian aid and civil protection (which means, in short, the EU's immediate response to crises beyond its borders). And to see how some of the things I see in my job relate to broader trends – all of which we can subsume under this heading of "a more fragile world". And finally, say a few words on the institutions we have for dealing with those broad global trends.
Opening address Civil Protection Forum
I am very proud to be the Commissioner in charge of Civil Protection. In the three and a half years that I have been in the job I have on several occasions seen the courage, dedication and camaraderie of our teams in the field in action, or in training exercises.We come from diverse backgrounds. But yet, when we act, we act as one.
The humanitarian response, linking relief to rehabilitation and development, and reconciliation – crucial for Mali's sustainable future
Today is about a long-term perspective for Mali, but it is very important not to lose sight of the on-going humanitarian crisis. I will touch on three aspects of this: First, the humanitarian situation as such; Second, on the basic services and the link between relief and development; And third, on reconciliation, which is crucial if our efforts are to be sustainable.
Syria: Time is running out
UN Humanitarian leaders have raised a strong voice on the critical situation in Syria at the UN Security Council of 18 April, which was followed by a strong press statement.
Speech on resilience for Japan [79 KB]
The topic today is one that, for as long as I live, will be in my heart. It is the great East Japan earthquake, and what Japan and the rest of the world have learned and continue to learn from it. I stand in front of you and the memories that flash through my mind are the port of Kita Ibaraki, and the clock that stood still at 14:46 when the tsunami hit the Japanese coast.
Learning the lessons from the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel and helping more effectively
"Today, we meet for a "lessons learned" not on what went wrong – but on what went right. Let's be clear: last year was not an easy one for the Sahel. But we did avert a major catastrophe. That doesn't make for big newspaper headlines – but it does merit taking stock together. To make sure we head off the next famine, too, and the one after that."
Boosting EU aid for Syria to help all those in need [72 KB]
Commissioner Georgieva announces new aid funding for Syria following the exacerbated humanitarian situation while reiterating the need for all sides in the conflict to respect humanitarian law and allow humanitarians to help all those in need: "It is paramount that we persevere in providing assistance based only on needs regardless of religious, political or other affiliations".
Addressing the root causes of humanitarian crises: how the international community can help build resilience in the Sahel
"We are here today for a good and specific reason. The recurrent food and nutrition crises that have hit the Sahel with increasing frequency in recent years. The underlying drivers of those crises, and climate change in particular, are not going away. Quite the contrary. The amplitude of climate change in the coming years looks likely to surpass our most extreme predictions. And all the evidence suggests the kind of crises you have seen in recent years will be getting more frequent and more intense", says Commissioner Georgieva
Speech at the NRC Conference on "Principles in Practice: Safeguarding Humanitarian Action"
The European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva reviews the principles that guide the humanitarian action
The world needs EU Aid volunteers
Kristalina Georgieva tells a workshop on 'Best practices for volunteers assisting in civil protection and humanitarian interventions’ that EU aid volunteers will help make the world a better place
Raising our game on disaster preparedness and response
Europe needs a system of collective civil protection that is pre-planned, predictable and immediate to deliver a more efficient, effective and rapid response to disasters, as well as to promote prevention and preparedness actions, says Commissioner Georgieva
Building on Africa's potential to further its development
Growth in Africa must be combined with good governance, transparency, international finance and international expertise so as to create inclusive and sustainable development for African countries, says the Commissioner
Food security and resilience to crises – EU's vision for helping Niger
Kristalina Georgieva draws attention to the ongoing food crisis in the Sahel region as well as plans to reinforce the resilience of the most vulnerable via innovative programmes that link development and humanitarian aid
Reinforcing Civil Protection and Fostering Co-operation and Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean Region
Commissioner Georgieva announces the launch of a new prevention, preparedness and response to disasters (PPRD) Programme. We have to learn to ‘think about the unthinkable’, she says
Humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis
Only politics can resolve the situation in Syria, says Kristalina Georgieva. But in the absence of a political solution, much of the burden falls on humanitarians
Joining forces for a more resilient world
The Commissioner Georgieva presents Europe's new policy on resilience at the JICA research Institute in Japan. It is based on five elements: a deeper understanding of disaster risks, more strategic work in disaster-prone countries, better planning for funding, innovative solutions and instruments, and international advocacy
Commissioner Georgieva addresses the Executive Board of UNICEF [100 KB]
The Commissioner emphasises the importance of the continuity in UNICEF activities supporting children in perilous situations across the globe
Statement by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on tomorrow's UN Security Council debate on Syria - Arabic version [227 KB]
Statement by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on tomorrow's UN Security Council debate on Syria
The Commissioner, who welcomes the initiative to hold a debate in the UN Security Council on the situation in Syria, stresses again the gravity of the situation and the possibility of additional humanitarian aid from the European Union'
Round Table Conference "Future Challenges in response to disasters", Copenhagen [28 KB]
The Commissioner suggests ways to fight the rising number of disasters around the world
Friends of Yemen meeting, Riyadh [76 KB]
The Commissioner lists the EU's commitments to supporting transition in Yemen
European Development Days Warsaw
The role and the coherence of EU policies in changing the global food system High-level panel "Preventing another Famine in the Horn of Africa"
Consolidated Appeal Process Launch 2012
Speech at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Geneva
Review of the 2011 Commission's work programme implementation and presentation of Commission work programme's priorities for 2012 in the area of humanitarian aid
Exchange of views with the Development committee of the European Parliament
The European Year of Volunteering 2011 – What a Difference a Year Makes
Closing conference of the European Year of Volunteering 2011, "Preparing a lasting legacy for the European Year of Volunteering", Warsaw
Introductory statement Panel Discussion "Disaster relief in Europe Preparedness and Joint Aid" Munich
The Commissioner emphasises the importance of advance planning in tackling disasters efficiently.
Civil protection and humanitarian aid under one roof [19 KB]
The Commissioner gives an overview of the Commission’s role – from donor to provider of expertise, relief and recovery support
Saving lives and bringing South East European countries closer to the EU International Ministerial Conference on Harmonising Regional Activities in the field of prevention of natural hazards and disasters, Belgrade
A European perspective Opening address on the occasion of the French National Conference on Humanitarian Aid, Paris
The "Holy Father and European Volunteers" Event Vatican City
Opening address Conference "Combating Malnutrition through Sustainable Interventions: EU-ASEAN relations as a key driver" Brussels
A tool for Crisis Prevention and Management 4th Conference on EU Space Policy "A European Space Policy for Citizens and Society" Brussels
Helping People Together Annual conference of the European Commission's humanitarian aid partners Brussels
ECHO & Partners: Helping People Together [80 KB]
Commissioner Georgieva's speech to the Annual Conference of the European Commission's humanitarian aid partners
How can we respond to a world where the frequency and intensity of disasters is increasing? [61 KB]
Commissioner Georgieva discusses the role of insurance in disaster management at the Natural Catastrophes conference.
Statement by European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on the famine in the Horn of Africa at the United Nations Ministerial Mini-Summit on the Humanitarian Response to the Horn of Africa in New York – Saturday 24 September 2011 [12 KB]
Commissioner Georgieva reviews the history of challenges faced by the Horn of Africa, and emphasises the importance of anticipating coming disasters caused by climate change.
ASEAN and the European Union – new strategies and cooperation in disaster management
Kristalina Georgieva emphasises the importance of cooperation between the EU and ASEAN for coping with natural disasters and responding to related humanitarian and reconstruction challenges.
Helping the Horn of Africa: From efficient life-saving crisis response today to long-term resilience to droughts [33 KB]
Speech at the African Union's Pledging conference for the Horn of Africa Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, 25 August 2011.
Parliamentary hearing on Disaster Risk Reduction [41 KB]
The Commissioner emphasises the need to invest more in DRR and to get the most out of this investment.
Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st century [255 KB]
The Commissioner speaks on how to help the world’s most vulnerable people cope with a changing climate.
Policy priorities – achievements and mapping the ways ahead [46 KB]
The Commissioner gives an update on work implemented over the last 6 months, and puts forward priorities and proposals for the future.
Our changing world and what it means for international humanitarian action
Kristalina Georgieva speaks of the necessity and urgency to rebuild a strong collective international agenda for humanitarian aid.
Fighting the cholera epidemic in Haiti
The Commissioner makes a plea for an end to street violence that is hampering efforts to combat the cholera epidemic.
Security and Defence Day: Institutional challenges for the EU's growing political power
“More than ever Europe needs to leverage its political power if it wants to be reckoned with and wants to promote its values and interests”.
Kristalina Georgieva's statement on receiving the "Commissioner of the Year" and the "European of the Year" awards
“I am the Commissioner with the best job…But I am also the Commissioner with the worst job, because there is so much pain and suffering around the world today”.
Speaking points for the Bonn Agreement ministerial meeting - marine disaster prevention and response [19 KB]
The agreement is a success story, having significantly reduced accidents in the North Sea, says the Commissioner.
Women and Security: gender protection in disasters and in conflict situations [164 KB]
“Gender equality is a matter of human rights, democracy and freedom…we walk the walk and talk the talk”.
“We will merge the ECHO and Civil Protection crisis rooms to create a re-enforced Emergency Response Centre inside the Commission”
It is a real privilege as well as a tremendous responsibility to implement a policy that can help save lives and reduce suffering, says Kristalina Georgieva.
A step towards a more effective European disaster response
Kristalina Georgieva presents the Commission’s ideas for a new European Disaster Response Capacity.
Annual Conference of European Commission's humanitarian partners: “Together we can make a difference”
The Commissioner speaks of the challenges ahead and pays tribute to Europe’s humanitarian aid workers.
Strengthening the European Disaster Response Capacity - EPP Study Days, Madeira
“90% of EU citizens support a stronger EU response when disasters strike”.
Humanitarian aid actions for 2010 and prospects for 2011: the European Parliament’s Development Committee
The Commissioner gives an update on work implemented so far, and puts forward priorities and proposals for 2011.
Building a European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps
The Commissioner discuses the identification of volunteers, their training and how to benefit from their training.
Women, Peace and Security: the United Nations Ministerial-level meeting, New York
Kristalina Georgieva outlines what the Commission has done to implement the UN’s security resolutions on women, peace and security.
Promoting common cultural heritage through the Alliance of Civilization, New York
“It is not just relief staff and money that come to rescue lives. It is above all the common and universal values of our shared humanity.”
Reducing child malnutrition through partnership, New York
“Today the pledge I make before you is to build on lessons learned from our own experiences in the Sahel and other places and place child nutrition firmly at the centre of our humanitarian and development work.”
The Humanitarian and the Military: different mandates and potential synergies
The Commissioner shares her views on how the military can contribute to Europe’s disaster relief when guidelines are followed.
European Parliament Plenary: EU action following the Pakistan floods
Future challenges include the growing humanitarian crisis, reaching the most vulnerable, instability within the country and the need to look ahead to recovery.
Pakistan floods: what have we done? What are we going to do?
The Commissioner’s overview of “a disaster for which words have lost their meaning”.
Reinforcing Asia-Europe dialogues, ASEM conference [41 KB]
Kristilina Georgieva puts forward five ways in which Asia-Europe dialogues could be strengthened.
"The Sudanese Reality: Still One of the World's Greatest Humanitarian Crises"
The Commissioner speaks of the tremendous learning experience that a visit to Sudan provided her.
Working with the World Food Programme
“With disasters on the increase and constraints on resources, we have no other option than to make the best use of every penny we have”.
Humanitarian challenges in Haiti [13 KB]
Assuring humanitarian assistance, adopting a ‘whole-of-crisis’ approach, ensuring coordination and moving from relief to recovery and reconstruction.
Women, Peace and Security – empowerment as well as protection
“Women’s bodies have become part of the battleground for those who use terror as a tactic of war”.
Building Back Better in Haiti – New York Donors’ Summit
We will follow the needs, empower people, adopt a long-term approach, ensure a strong foundation for contingency planning and commit ourselves to effectiveness and results.
Improving disaster response through effective monitoring – Videomessage to GMES Workshop in Sofia [16 KB]
“Every euro invested in services like metrology is repaid many times over”.
Speech before the European Parliament's Committee on Development: reflections and priorities [35 KB]
“While we did well in delivery, we performed poorly in terms of visibility”.