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HUMANITARIAN AID

The basic objectives of humanitarian aid and post-conflict assistance of Slovenia as defined by the Resolution on International Development Cooperation for the period until 2015 particularly include:

  • Reduction of poverty and hunger;

  • Mine action;

  • Assistance to children in post-conflict situations.

The Resolution also stipulates that the Republic of Slovenia will commit about 10% of its development assistance to humanitarian and post-conflict aid programmes. These funds are divided into regular assistance (75%) and emergency assistance (25%).


Department for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance provides assistance in the event of natural and other disasters or armed conflict and other events on a scale that the affected area or country cannot cope with. The exclusive purpose of humanitarian aid is to prevent or alleviate human suffering; such aid is completely non-discriminatory and is not linked to foreign policy objectives of the donors.

 

Bilaterally, the Foreign Ministry coordinates all forms of bilateral humanitarian aid between individual government providers, including Slovenia’s response to extraordinary humanitarian catastrophes through international organisations and Slovenian humanitarian organisations (e.g. ITF, NGOs). It also manages humanitarian aid as part of Slovenia’s participation in international operations and missions (together with the Ministry of Defence and the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief).


The Foreign Ministry also monitors multilateral activities in the field of humanitarian aid and takes part in EU working bodies. It monitors the Working Party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid (COHAFA) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Committee (HAC). The Foreign Ministry also takes part in the EU response to humanitarian situations and monitors EU activities related to the UN Food Aid Convention. Slovenia reports on its humanitarian activities within the EU according to the humanitarian aid reporting system (14 points). The purpose of the system is to ensure regular reporting on the humanitarian aid of other Member States and the European Commission.


Slovenia channels a large portion of its humanitarian aid through international humanitarian organisations, particularly the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Caritas Internationalis, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP).