VOICE General Assembly 2022: Highlights of the day

VOICE is proud to welcome seven new members to the network: Alianza por la Solidaridad, Action against Hunger Germany, International Medical Corps Croatia, Mercy Corps Netherlands, Première Urgence International, Terres des Hommes Italy, and World Vision Netherlands. This brings our membership up to 87 organisations from 19 European countries. We are looking forward to starting engaging with all our new members and continuing to do so with the “old-timers” at EU and national level. 

We would like to congratulate Fie Lauritzen, DanChurchAid, Jean-Pierre Delomier, Humanity and Inclusion, Michael Kühn, Welthungerhilfe,and Silvia Sinibaldi, Caritas EU,  for having been elected for their second mandate in the VOICE Board of Directors. Thank you for continuing your great work in supporting the network and its Secretariat.

The GA provided the opportunity to highlight the numerous achievements of the network during the last twelve months. These include:

  • Our joint engagement before, during and after the European Humanitarian Forum in March 2022 in Brussels where we have been calling on the EU and Member States to use the Forum as an opportunity to address the challenges of increasing humanitarian needs and secured the inclusion of the “hunger & conflict” topic.
  • We have mobilised together and obtained an increase in the DG ECHO’s Humanitarian Budget for 2022 and we will continue to advocate together for a further increase in 2023.
  • We have successfully influenced the three EU’ policy orientations on humanitarian action, which started with the European Commission’s Communication on the EU’s humanitarian action, shortly followed by Council Conclusions and a European Parliament’s report. Please find more information in the article below.
  • Thanks to the strong engagement of the Secretariat and the HP Watch Group Including the Task Force, a continuous dialogue with DG ECHO has been maintained to ensure that the first year of the new Humanitarian Partnership would go as smoothly as possible.

Another key moment of the day was the exchange with Bernadette Frederick, DG ECHO General Affairs Director E. Among the topics discussed were the Humanitarian Budget 2023, the revision of MFF, the Grand Bargain 2.0 and the localisation agenda.

An important outcome of this year's GA was the adoption of the Policy Resolution ‘An urgent call to protect principled humanitarian aid’. The network calls on the EU and its Member States to consistently uphold principled humanitarian aid worldwide. Please feel free to use it for your advocacy at national level.