European Commission assures UNICEF of continued supportListen /
The European Commission will continue to prioritise funding for children in humanitarian emergencies, despite the economic challenges that Europe is facing.
That assurance was given to the Executive Board of UNICEF in New York on Tuesday by Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner dealing with humanitarian aid.
Ms. Georgieva commended UNICEF for the improving techniques for detecting malnutrition among children and responding quickly.
She said that as the world, including Europe, is going through economic difficulties, tax payers need assurances that their sacrifices are worth it.
"People in Europe, surprisingly during the crisis not only didn't weaken support for humanitarian action, that support went up. In 2010 it was 79 per cent of Europeans in favour of what I am charged to do of humanitarian action. Today they are 88 per cent. Crisis does bring the best out of people, brings more empathy. But it also brings huge demand for accountability for results: how many kids we have reached, how many we have saved, how many we have fed, how many we have educated."
The European Commission has been a key partner of UNICEF since 1992 and last year it provided more than 70 million Euros to the UN children's agency.