Europe's response to a fragile world: EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva

The Syrian conflict and the latest atrocities committed by the ISIL militants in Syria have seen a surge in the number of Syrians fleeing their homeland, with the number of refugees swelling to more than 3 million from two million in less than a year.

Meanwhile, the deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus has already claimed the lives of at least 4,000 people. The World Health Organisation says it could lead to “potential state failure” in west Africa.

In the Gaza Strip, Oxfam says more than 450,000 people have no access to running water. In Ukraine an estimated 5.1 million people live in areas affected by the conflict in the East.

These are only some of the on-going large scale crises the world faces today. Each one has its own political realities and challenges on the ground. Yet, collectively, they affect millions of people across the globe.

How can the international community tackle them all effectively, especially at a time when governments and global organisations are faced with increasingly finite resources?


- Introduction by Norwegian Ambassador to the EU, H.E. Atle Leikvoll

- Kristalina Georgieva has been the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response since February 2010. 

Commissioner Georgieva will share her thoughts with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy on how the EU has grappled with these humanitarian disasters over the past five years and the challenges that we may face in the future.

Ambassador Atle Leikvoll has served as the Norwegian Ambassador to the EU since 2011. Prior to his arrival in Brussels, H.E. Ambassador Atle Leikvoll served as the Ambassador for International Development Policy, and held the Norwegian Chairmanship of UN Commission on Sustainable Development.

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October 29, 2014 at 7pm - 8pm
Norway House
Rue Archimède 17
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