Commissioner Lenarčič calls for urgent action on humanitarian response to Gaza crisis at conference in Jordan

Human Rights, World News


Commissioner Lenarčič, the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, is attending a high-level conference in Jordan today to address the urgent humanitarian response needed for the crisis in Gaza. Co-chaired by His Majesty the King of Jordan, Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, along with the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, this conference aims to discuss and find solutions to the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza.

The Commissioner emphasized the importance of an urgent ceasefire and humanitarian access to Gaza in his statement at the conference. The event has brought together key actors involved in the response to the Gaza crisis, including representatives and leaders from the region, the United Nations, and other humanitarian agencies.

The conference sessions will specifically focus on resolving issues related to aid delivery, humanitarian access, protection of civilians, and early recovery priorities. The European Union (EU) has been actively providing humanitarian aid in the region, with €193 million in humanitarian funding already announced for 2024 to support Palestinians in need.

In addition to financial assistance, the EU has organized 51 humanitarian bridges, transporting over 2,233 tonnes of humanitarian goods donated by humanitarian partners, EU-owned stocks, and Member States. The EU also continues to support the maritime corridor between Cyprus and Gaza, facilitating the flow of essential supplies.

The conference in Jordan serves as a crucial platform for discussions, collaboration, and joint efforts towards alleviating the suffering of the people in Gaza. Commissioner Lenarčič’s participation highlights the EU’s commitment to addressing the humanitarian crisis and finding sustainable solutions to support the affected population.