EU puts resilience at the heart of its work on fighting hunger and poverty
Today Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and Commissioner for Humanitarian aid, International Cooperation and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, proposed a new policy to help vulnerable communities across the world build resilience to future crises.
The new Communication, "The EU Approach to Resilience: Learning from Food Security Crises" draws lessons from the experience of responding to recent food crises and outlines the measures with which the European Union will help vulnerable populations reduce the impact of future crises and disasters.
Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said: “Unexpected natural catastrophes, food crisis or economic shocks can seriously undermine the results of our work in developing countries." He added: "We need to focus our actions towards tackling the root causes of recurrent crises rather than just dealing with their consequences. This is not only more efficient but also much cheaper. In times of economic hardship, more than ever, we must make sure every euro is spent in the most efficient way; both for the people we support on the ground and for EU taxpayers."
Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said: "Since taking on the EU Crisis Response role, I've seen every possible disaster – short of an asteroid hitting the Earth – and how, when the effects are intensified by climate change, demographic growth and urbanisation, are hitting more people than ever. If we want our assistance to be effective and cost-efficient, we must not just put a bandage on the wound – we must help find a cure. This requires a shared vision from the humanitarian and the development communities and a joint commitment to act. We are pledging this commitment on Europe's behalf today".
Strengthening resilience is at the core of successful humanitarian and development policies. This new Communication from the European Commission outlines a wide range of activities for building resilience, from improving access to food through supporting partner countries to ensuring that governments are alerted quickly at the outbreak of crises.
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Full text of the press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/12/1052&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en