Humanitarian Aid: G7 Foreign Ministers

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 27th May 2022.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to Strengthening anticipatory action in humanitarian assistance: G7 foreign ministers' statement, May 2022, published on 14 May 2022, what plans she has to increase the scale of UK resourcing for anticipatory action in humanitarian assistance.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Minister for Europe)

The UK is a global leader in driving more effective approaches to crises and preventing and anticipating future shocks. The G7 foreign ministers' statement builds on commitments agreed during the UK Presidency in 2021, including the first ever G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Crisis Compact. We are one of the largest donors to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which is pioneering initiatives on anticipatory action. Last year, we also provided funding to the Red Cross and civil society to strengthen anticipatory approaches to humanitarian assistance.

Scaling up this kind of activity is not just about support to the humanitarian system, and that is why we have also committed £120 million for regional disaster protection schemes across Africa, the Caribbean, South-East Asia, and the Pacific. As set out in the Government's International Development Strategy, we will continue to step up our life-saving humanitarian work going forward, including by drawing on innovative finance and insurance mechanisms to better manage and anticipate humanitarian emergencies.

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