Dear Participants,

Members of the European Parliament,

Your Excellences;

As you have heard, today’s launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview for 2020 coincides with the very first meeting of the new College of Commissioners. This is why I cannot join you in person.

Nevertheless, I would like to share some thoughts with you about the Overview, the role it plays and what we can learn from it.

The Global Humanitarian Overview is an indispensable barometer of the global humanitarian situation. This is why it is also a major programming tool for the EU, helping us do our work better.

It is also up-to-date from a methodological perspective. The 2020 Humanitarian Programme Cycle puts individuals at the centre of the analysis in a comprehensive manner across the sectors. This is an important achievement.

However, the results of the report raise concern.

Behind the data presented there is immense human suffering; either the result of  human destructiveness or natural disasters. And climate change is making things worse.

These challenges require comprehensive solutions. This is what the Commission will seek to do as part of the forthcoming Green Deal.

We must work together to make sure that every euro given is maximised for the benefit of people on the ground. In this respect, I very much welcome the fact that the European Union and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs are launching the 2020 Global Humanitarian overview in Brussels, alongside Geneva, Berlin, London and Washington. In this way, we demonstrate our firm commitment to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of aid delivery.

That is why it is our duty and my future commitment to do my utmost to help save lives, preserve dignity and bring comfort to people in most urgent need.

Let me take this opportunity to thank and encourage all of the humanitarian workers who dedicate their lives to helping others in difficult and dangerous circumstances.

Thank you for your attention and I wish you a constructive debate.