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Humanitarian aid

Foreign humanitarian assistance is an integral part of the Czech Republic's foreign policy. Providing of humanitarian assistance financed from the Czech Government Budget is based on the Law on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, which entered into force in 2010.

According to this law, the humanitarian aid is defined as a set of activities financed from the national budget in order to prevent loss of life and injury, to alleviate suffering and to restore basic living conditions of people after an emergency, as well as to mitigate long-lasting consequences of emergencies and to prevent their occurrence and negative consequences.

The provision of humanitarian assistance is governed by fundamental international humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. The Czech Republic endorsed these principles in 2006, having joined the Good Humanitarian Donorship platform. The Czech Republic co-chaired the Good Humanitarian Donorship initiative together with Denmark in 2012 – 2013.

The Czech Republic appreciates and supports the principal role played by the United Nations in coordination of humanitarian action, respects and supports the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as well as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), including its National Societies. As EU member, the Czech Republic takes part in the implementation of the Action Plan to the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid and supports the global humanitarian activities of the European Union.

Every year (at its beginning), the Humanitarian Aid Operation Strategy of the Czech Republic for the respective year is being adopted; its purpose is to provide an overview of the basic aims of Czech humanitarian assistance on the background of global humanitarian needs and international commitments.

More information on the Czech humanitarian aid.

Ambassador Gajdušek met ICRC President Peter Maurer

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Petr Gajdušek, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, met Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross. more ►

The Czech Republic took part in ICRC's field visit to South Sudan

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) organized for selected donor countries a field visit to South Sudan which took place from 7th to 12th April 2019. The Czech Republic, providing in recent years a humanitarian assistance, for… more ►

Minister Petříček at the Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Tomáš Petříček visited Geneva on 28 November and participated to the 13th high-level international conference on Afghanistan which goal was to show the solidarity of the international community… more ►

A representative of the Czech Republic took part in ICRC's visit to Bangladesh

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The International Committee of the Red Cross had invited the Czech Republic, along with several other donor countries, to participate in its mission to Bangladesh. The mission took place from 2 to 9 December 2017. The Czech Republic was… more ►

The Czech Republic reiterated its commitments to the Sendai Framework at the GP2017

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The fifth session of the Global Platform 2017 took place 22-26 May, 2017 in Cancun. This is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of… more ►

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs pledged in Geneva to contribute the humanitarian assistance to Yemen

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During the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen organised by OCHA on 25th April 2017 in Geneva and chaired by Mr. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, on behalf of the Czech Republic Mr. Martin… more ►

UNISDR: The Czech Republic shared experience on the implementation of the Sendai Framework

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“Domestic and International Experience of the Czech Republic in Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction” were presented by Mr. Pavel Danihelka, professor Faculty of Law of VŠB – Technical University… more ►