Germany active in the Humanitarian Segment of ECOSOC in Geneva
Enlarge image 22.06.2017: Ambassador Antje Leendertse speaks at the ECOSOC Side Event "The CRRF-potentially a game changer in large scale and protracted refugees situations" (© StV) The Permanent Representative of Germany, Ambassador Antje Leendertse, and UN-Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien chaired a High-Level Panel on the current famines crises in Africa.
The focus of the side events co-hosted by Germany was on localization, innovation in the context of humanitarian assistance, and the recently established Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF).
In a video message, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel expressed his full support for the United Nations Central Emergency Reponse Fund (CERF) and pledged to increase the German contribution from EUR 50 to 60 million.
Enlarge image The Humanitarian Segment of ECOSOC was held in Geneva from 21 to 23 of June. German Ambassador Schulz presided the meeting and Germany co-organized various side-events (© StV) The country-based pooled funds received strong support as well.New technologies are increasingly employed also in the humanitarian work. The forecast-based financing approach enables predictive support before the full damage potential of a crisis arises. This allows to save lives and to reduce the cost of reconstruction.