Echoes of EU humanitarian aid and crisis response (2015)
Every year, millions of people across the world are caught up in natural disasters or man-made crises. Emergencies caused by earthquakes, floods, drought or armed conflict can leave people deprived of basic human needs such as food, water and shelter. This publication showcases the relief work of the European Commission.
Humanity, solidarity, dignity (2014)
Floods, earthquakes, cyclones or conflicts destroy thousands of homes in an instant. The EU provides shelter when homes are lost in humanitarian crises. This poster is part of the series ‘Humanity, solidarity, dignity’.
The European year for development: Sustainable growth
Economic growthis considered a key driver of poverty reduction. Between 1990 and 2010, the global economy grew at an average rate of 2.7% each year, while the percentage of people living on less than USD 1.25 adaywas reduced from 43% to 21%. Buthowmuchthe poor in a given country benefit fromgrowth– which isdefined asanincrease in the inflation-adjusted value of the goods and services produced by an economy over a given period of time–depends on growth patterns and policies. In fact, according to UNCTAD,growth has accompanied increasing income inequality in most countries,for a number or reasons: labour income has become a smaller part of the total output,tax systems have grownless progressive and social transfersless generous.What is more,in many developing countries, growth has contributed to depleting the natural resources and natural capital on which the poor depend, threatening their livelihoods and opportunities forwealth creation.
Turn Down the Heat : Confronting the New Climate Normal
This report focuses on the risks of climate change to development in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and parts of Europe and Central Asia. Building on earlier Turn Down the Heat reports, this new scientific analysis examines the likely impacts of present day (0.8°C), 2°C and 4°C warming above pre-industrial temperatures on agricultural production, water resources, ecosystem services, and coastal vulnerability for affected populations. Data show that dramatic climate changes, heat, and weather extremes are already impacting people, damaging crops and coastlines, and putting food, water, and energy security at risk. Across the three regions studied in this report, record-breaking temperatures are occurring more frequently, rainfall has increased in intensity in some places, while drought-prone regions are getting dryer. The poor and underprivileged, as well as the elderly and children, are found to be hit the hardest. There is growing evidence that even with very ambitious mitigation action, warming close to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by mid-century is already locked into the Earth’s atmospheric system, and climate change impacts such as extreme heat events may now be unavoidable. If the planet continues warming to 4°C, climatic conditions, heat, and other weather extremes considered highly unusual or unprecedented today would become the new climate normal—a world of increased risks and instability.
Shock Waves : Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty
Ending poverty and stabilizing climate change will be two unprecedented global achievements and two major steps toward sustainable development. But the two objectives cannot be considered in isolation: they need to be jointly tackled through an integrated strategy. This report brings together those two objectives and explores how they can more easily be achieved if considered together. It examines the potential impact of climate change and climate policies on poverty reduction. It also provides guidance on how to create a “win-win” situation so that climate change policies contribute to poverty reduction and poverty-reduction policies contribute to climate change mitigation and resilience building. The key finding of the report is that climate change represents a significant obstacle to the sustained eradication of poverty, but future impacts on poverty are determined by policy choices: rapid, inclusive, and climate-informed development can prevent most short-term impacts whereas immediate pro-poor, emissions-reduction policies can drastically limit long-term ones.
Humanitarian aid at a glance (2014)
The European Union and its Member States are the world’s leading humanitarian donor. This brochure is a short introduction to the European Commission’s humanitarian aid action around the world. Read about the Commission’s mandate, principles and key priorities.
International cooperation and development
The European Union (EU) and its Member States are the largest donors of official development assistance (ODA). Together, in 2013, they provided aid to the tune of €56.5 billion, which amounted to 52 % of the total global ODA donated during the year.
In 2013, the EU committed a substantial sum — €14.86 billion — to external development assistance. Lowincome and least developed countries were the principal beneficiaries
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