About this webinar
The COVID-19 has developed into a major threat to vulnerable population depending on humanitarian aid, with potential devastating impact in densely populated areas and where the health system is dysfunctional or destroyed. It is also putting enormous pressure on aid agencies who are in many ways threatened in their ability to access, stay and deliver.
The recent launch of the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) confirmed the need for more funding, and more flexible funding. The EU has started providing some answers, with the mobilization of fresh money and the adaptation of existing rules to ensure flexibility. Many more challenges remain to be addressed to ensure the delivery of principled humanitarian aid, provide options for aid workers exposed to the virus, or preserve agencies from the longer-term impact this crisis will have on their capacities.
Speakers will be requested to share their analysis on what should/could be the role of the EU to support a timely, adapted response to this unprecedented crisis.
Michael Köhler, Deputy Director General, DG ECHO, European Commission.
Tineke Strik, Member of the European Parliament.
Reena Ghelani, Director of operations, OCHA
Kathrin Schick, Director, VOICE.
Edouard Rodier, Director Europe office, Norwegian Refugee Council.
Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Director of the European Affairs Program, Egmont Institute.
Participants will be invited to share their questions and comments in writing, before and during the event. Some will be put to the panellists during the discussion. The rest will be gathered and made available after the event, together with a read-out of the discussion.
If you have a question that you would like the speakers to discuss, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday COB.
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