Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Geneva, Switzerland

Humanitarian Affairs

Humanitarian Aid                                                          

The international security situation has deteriorated rapidly. The world was already facing three humanitarian emergencies classified as L3 (most severe), in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. More recently, these have been joined by the crises in Iraq and the Ebola outbreak. The number of refugees and displaced persons relying on humanitarian aid to survive are at their highest since the Second World War. At the same time, the world is being plagued by natural disasters, partly as a result of climate change. These developments have led to a strong increase in demand for funds for humanitarian aid worldwide.

The Netherlands is one of the ten biggest humanitarian donors worldwide and an active and respected donor in the field of humanitarian aid. The Permanent Mission of the Netherlands in Geneva advocates the Dutch humanitarian objectives within the humanitarian organizations in Geneva. The Dutch position carries weight in important humanitarian discussions. Priorities of the Netherlands regarding humanitarian aid are:

  • More rapid and targeted humanitarian assistance to people in need
  • Innovation
  • Effectiveness and coordination
  • Prevention and preparedness
  • Improvement of humanitarian access
  • Protection and resilience of vulnerable population
  • Improved regional response to refugees

Humanity, Neutrality, Impartiality and Independence are important principles of humanitarian action. International humanitarian organizations following these four principles are better able to secure access to emergency settings in order to provide aid to people in need. On humanitarian affairs, the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands in Geneva works closely together with, amongst others, the following organizations:

  • Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • UN International Strategy of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
  • World Food Programme (WFP)
  • United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)