Helping people affected by crises and disasters is a global concern and providing aid is a global effort. Coordination at the global level is essential to ensure efficient and effective provision of aid to those that need it most.
The European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO) works in close partnership with a large number of humanitarian organisations. With some of the biggest partners, ECHO regularly engages in 'Strategic Dialogue' meetings. These provide an opportunity to discuss issues of common interest and concern, exchange views on strategic priorities, review challenges and opportunities and explore ways to reinforce cooperation.
Strategic Dialogue meetings are held with UN partner organisations (UN Refugee Agency, World Food Programme, UNICEF), International organisations (International Committee of the Red Cross) and with VOICE (Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies).
Picture: UNICEF is one of the European Commission's strategic partners. © UNICEF/Gevgelijia 2015/Georgiev