"The magnitude of the humanitarian crisis in Syria is simply devastating. After four years of conflict, there are over 12.2 million people, including more than 5.6 million children, in need of humanitarian assistance. An entire generation of children is being exposed to war. The governments meeting in Kuwait must put money on the table to deal with the enormous ongoing needs in the region", stated Development Committee Chair Linda McAvan.
Ahead of the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, taking place in Kuwait on Tuesday 31 March, the Committee's standing rapporteur on humanitarian aid, MEP Enrique Guerrero Salom added: "The donors' meeting in Kuwait should fully support international aid agencies to build the capacity of Syrian NGOs, while also increasing funding to support refugees and poor local populations in countries neighbouring Syria"
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In preparation of the 3rd UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, to take place in Sendai (Japan) 14-18 March 2015, Parliament's Committees on Development and Environment jointly organised a workshop with experts. The Sendai conference is expected to agree on a post 2015 international framework for action to reduce risks and improve resilience to the increasing number and scale of natural and man-made disasters. This new framework will replace the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 adopted by 168 UN Member States as the blueprint for reducing global disaster risk.
Welcome to the website of the Committee on Development (DEVE). I have had the honour of being Chair of the committee since July 2014.
Nearly a billion people around the world live in extreme poverty. Many more face hunger and disease or have no access to healthcare or education. Yet global development efforts, under the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, have led to measurable progress, and we have seen millions being lifted out of poverty in recent years. At the same time however, we are also see growing inequalities and need to find ways to make economic growth more beneficial for a greater number of people.
The EU’s contribution to supporting development is vital and parliamentary support and scrutiny is an important element. Our committee participates in deciding the budget for EU aid spending, we keep a close watch on the European Commission, External Action Service and all those using EU aid funds, and we push for better coordination between donor countries and agencies. We participate in making the laws that frame EU development aid. We also meet with officials, stakeholders and experts from around the world to discuss solutions and hear what's really needed on the ground. I invite you to regularly check the news and announcements, consult meeting documents or even watch our committee meetings live as they happen.