ICRC emphasizes humanitarian access and IHL at EHF 2023
The conference is jointly organized by the European Commission (DG ECHO, Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations ) and the Swedish government, currently holding presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).
In the context of unprecedented humanitarian needs across the world because of conflict and climate related-crises, the EHF aims to strengthen cooperation and partnership among countries affected by crises and with donors, influential people and organizations, the EU and its member states.
Addressing rising humanitarian needs by calling for greater respect for #IHL and more support for neutral and impartial humanitarian action were the central themes of @ICRCPresident's visit to #Brussels and #EHF2023.— ICRC Brussels (@ICRC_bxl) March 22, 2023
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Under the title "New Global Realities, Shaping Humanitarian Action Together", European Humanitarian Forum (EHF) 2023 focused on issues relating to the funding gap (the difference between available funds and the resources needed to adequately respond to crises and emergencies) and on access (the possibility for humanitarian organizations to reach the communities most in need wherever they are in the world).
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) participated in the conference with various speakers including Mirjana Spoljaric, president of the ICRC, participating in the opening ceremony.
Humanitarian needs are dynamic and increasing. Considering the protracted funding gap, people's needs must guide humanitarian funding decisions, with no crisis left aside. Humanitarian assistance alone will neither bring lasting peace nor salvage failing economies.
In other sessions, we focused on issues relating to international humanitarian law (IHL) and our representatives shared their expertise on topics such as the protection of civilians in urban warfare and accountability mechanisms.
Closing the #EHF2023, Mette Petersen, @RedCrossEU Director and Knut Dörmann, Head of @ICRC in #Brussels share their views on how the event contributed to the #RCRC calls for the respect of principled humanitarian action and support to humanitarian assistance.— ICRC Brussels (@ICRC_bxl) March 27, 2023
We also participated in the EHF exhibition with a virtual reality stand, cutting-edge technology that the ICRC uses both in training and for humanitarian diplomacy.