Why is this important?
The upcoming period will be marked by key events which will shape the future of global humanitarian aid and crisis response, in particular the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in 2015, the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 and also the post 2015 development agenda going beyond the Millennium Development goals. By speaking with one voice, we can ensure that European values put their mark on international negotiations.
What are we doing?
The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is active in a wide range of international fora, first at a European level but also at an international level through UN bodies donor groups, and bilateral agreements with third countries.