Mission & Disaster Reduction Profile
The mandate of the European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) encompasses humanitarian assistance and civil protection, the two main instruments at the European Union's disposal to ensure rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance to people faced with the immediate consequences of disasters.View full profile on PreventionWeb
DG ECHO provides humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable victims of disasters in their immediate aftermath and also in cases of complex and protracted crisis situations
DG ECHO's humanitarian assistance is based on the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, is implemented in partnership with international organisations and humanitarian NGOs and based on solid needs assessment.
DG ECHO strongly supports the central and overall coordinating role of the United Nations in promoting a coherent international response to humanitarian crises and helps to make the EU's voice heard in international fora on humanitarian aid. In order to ensure the lasting impact of relief assistance on populations in countries affected by crisis, DG ECHO develops and implements policy frameworks aimed at maximising impact and results, including as regards coherent transition strategies towards sustained development.
With regard to its civil protection mandate, DG ECHO encourages and facilitates the cooperation between the 31 States participating in the Civil Protection Mechanism and Financial Instrument (the 27 EU Member States, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Croatia) in order to improve the effectiveness of systems for preventing and protecting against natural, technological or man-made disasters in Europe.
Day by day, DG ECHO mobilises help for people in need. This help and assistance is a fundamental expression of the European value of solidarity with people in need, as endorsed and underpinned by new legal bases for both humanitarian aid and civil protection enshrined in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, as resulting from the Treaty of Lisbon
Activites in the campaign
- - Support the Making Cities Resilient Campaign through activities related to the UNISDR Capacity Building project in 2010-2011: Resilient Cities Campaign website, Development of the Local Government Self Assessment Tool - Support the Making Cities Resilient Campaign, previous campaigns and the One Million Safe School and Hospitals initiative through several DIPECHO action plans in different regions (e.g.
- Asia, South Americas, Central America, etc)
- Disaster-prone cities call for inclusion
- Date: 20 May 2013
- Life After Sandy: Interview with Hoboken, NJ Mayor…
- Date: 17 May 2013
- Mayor Al's resilience road trip in Central America
- Date: 7 May 2013
- Mayor's Statement Global Platform DRR 2013 [ENG - PDF 358KB] Mayor's Statement Global Platform DRR 2013 [SPA - PDF 358KB] Chendgu Declaration for Action [PDF, 176KB] Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 [ext. link] Ten-point checklist for making cities resilient [PDF 324KB] Bonn Declaration of the Mayors Adaptation Forum [PDF 175KB] FAQ [PDF 139KB]