Logistics are essential for the delivery of humanitarian aid. The new EU humanitarian logistics policy aims to trigger a paradigm shift, helping humanitarian operations to be more efficient, effective and green.
Today, the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department launched its policy on humanitarian logistics. It sets out our vision for the future of logistics in the humanitarian sector.
The Humanitarian Logistics Policy has been developed in close collaboration with UN and EU NGO partners, including the Global Logistics Cluster, and other donors, international experts and academics.
The policy follows a widely shared awareness in the humanitarian sector of the need to update the approach to humanitarian logistics. The objective is to improve the execution of humanitarian operations.
Commenting on the new policy, Commissioner for Crisis Management Lenarčič said: “With an ever-increasing number of humanitarian crises, our new humanitarian logistics policy will help all humanitarian actors to ensure that aid is delivered in the most effective and efficient way possible, in order to quickly reach people in the world. This policy also supports the EU’s objective to strengthen the greening of humanitarian aid. We will work with our partners to put this policy into practice to help achieve our common goal of ensuring that humanitarian aid reaches those who need it most.
The policy will be discussed at the next European Humanitarian Forum
The European Department of Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations will continue to work closely with all relevant logistics actors in a joint approach to improve the sector’s performance in this area.
Based on this, we will also publish operational guidelines to support the implementation of the policy.