I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union. The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia and Georgia align themselves with this declaration.
The European Union is happy to see that the General Assembly has once again reached consensus on a number of important resolutions in the humanitarian sphere. We reconfirm our commitment to the fundamental principles underpinning the effective provision of humanitarian assistance. At the same time we would have liked to see further progress on important contemporary humanitarian issues raised in the Secretary Generals reports, such as rapid access to victims and the need to further address sexual violence in humanitarian emergencies. We look forward to working with members of this Assembly in order to strengthen our political messages and guidance on these issues in the future.
The European Union would also like to reiterate its strong commitment to the underlying principles of humanitarian assistance and to the need to respect and ensure respect for international humanitarian law, human rights law and refugee law. We also wish to express our highest support and admiration to those that risk their lives for these principles and to bring assistance to those in need. In this regard, we would like to highlight our deepest appreciation to the work undertaken by humanitarian actors and thank them for their important contribution to the alleviation of human suffering.
Finally, the European Union and its Member States as the worlds largest humanitarian donors remain as committed as ever to responding to the needs of victims on the ground, not just with assistance but by also continuing to engage positively with the humanitarian system, in particular the United Nations, NGOs and the international Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, through policy dialogue and close co-operation.
I thank you, Mr. Chairman.
*Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.