As the international community begins to articulate its response to the COVID-19 crisis, questions emerge on how to address both the immediate challenges as well as the medium- and longer-term issues which characterise the current emergency. Following a first discussion on “the European response to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the delivery of humanitarian aid” (see full discussion here, as well as VOICE’s contribution here), NRC and the Egmont Institute invite you to a High-Level exchange on how to broaden the response addressing notably the socio-economic impact of the crisis in the immediate and longer terms.
The recent launch of the EU Global Response Plan to fight the pandemic provides an excellent platform of reflection and discussion to better understand how the European Union can help in bridging the nexus between the emergency response and the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.
Speakers will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and insights on what should/could be done by the EU to link emergency and longer-term responses in this time of crisis.
• Mr. Michael Köhler, Deputy Director General, DG ECHO, European Commission.
• Mrs. Henriette Geiger, Director People and Peace, DG DEVCO, European Commission.
• Mrs. Christine Pirenne, Head of Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands.
• Mr. Jan Egeland, Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council.
• Dr. Ibrahima Socé Fall, Assistant Director-General, Emergency Response, WHO.
• Mr. Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Director of the European Affairs Program, Egmont Institute.