September 11, 2012 – The 20 years of uninterrupted collaboration between the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and the European Union, which is embodied in 27 countries, was highlighted today at the UN headquarters.
UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, said this cooperation is present in Syria, where the Fund helps 250,000 people, and a vaccination program that achieves a similar figure.
“We are grateful for the extraordinary generosity and support of the European Union. I am very moved by the way in which many citizens in Europe, currently experiencing its own economic hardships, supporting humanitarian work, and make it increasingly larger numbers of people, “said Lake.
He stressed the commitment shown by the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Kristalina Georgieva, the humanitarian work carried out by UNICEF.
Meanwhile, Georgieva said the emergency in the world today, both those generated by natural disasters such as armed conflicts are increasingly complex and children are the most affected.
He stressed the situation facing children in Syria: “In the absence of a political solution is our responsibility to work as much as necessary to bring assistance to the people in Syria and who have had to flee their homes. There is a war and in a war, the law of war applies and therefore international humanitarian law must be respected, “said the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation.