Published: Sept. 4, 2019


Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:30 to 1:30 pm.

The European Union (EU), together with its Member States, is the largest provider of assistance in the world (around 56% of the total humanitarian and development assistance worldwide is financed by the EU). EU action embodies the principle of solidarity, as laid down in the Lisbon Treaty, which states that the EU will provide assistance, relief and protection for victims of natural and man-made disasters and encourage cooperation between Member States to this aim. The severity, frequency and impact of natural and man-made disasters are on the rise. To help people caught up in crisis, the EU supports rapid and coordinated disaster response, as well as disaster prevention and preparedness activities, both in Europe and globally.

During the discussion, we will learn about the instruments that the EU uses to provide assistance, as well as the values and principles behind them. We will also review the challenges faced by the international community in responding to disasters by looking at examples from current crises such as Syria, Venezuela, migration, etc. Come hear from Javier Pérez, Minister Counsellor for humanitarian, disaster management and development affairs in the European Union (EU) Delegation to the US in Washington DC. Free pizza and drinks provided. Space is limited so please register here.