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Humanitarian aid

Foreign humanitarian assistance is an integral part of the Czech Republic's foreign policy. Providing of humanitarian assistance financed from the Czech Government Budget is based on the Law on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, which entered into force in 2010.

According to this law, the humanitarian aid is defined as a set of activities financed from the national budget in order to prevent loss of life and injury, to alleviate suffering and to restore basic living conditions of people after an emergency, as well as to mitigate long-lasting consequences of emergencies and to prevent their occurrence and negative consequences.

The provision of humanitarian assistance is governed by fundamental international humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. The Czech Republic endorsed these principles in 2006, having joined the Good Humanitarian Donorship platform. The Czech Republic co-chaired the Good Humanitarian Donorship initiative together with Denmark in 2012 – 2013.

The Czech Republic appreciates and supports the principal role played by the United Nations in coordination of humanitarian action, respects and supports the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as well as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), including its National Societies. As EU member, the Czech Republic takes part in the implementation of the Action Plan to the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid and supports the global humanitarian activities of the European Union.

Every year (at its beginning), the Humanitarian Aid Operation Strategy of the Czech Republic for the respective year is being adopted; its purpose is to provide an overview of the basic aims of Czech humanitarian assistance on the background of global humanitarian needs and international commitments.

More information on the Czech humanitarian aid.

Czech humanitarian aid to Ethiopia


While speaking at the High-level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Situation in Ethiopia, Deputy Foreign Minister Eduard Hulicius pledged €8,6 in aid for humanitarian and stabilization efforts and resilience building. more ►

Czech aid at the Global Refugee Forum


Under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the second Global Refugee Forum was held in Geneva, 13–15 December. The main objective was to present voluntary pledges to the implementation of the… more ►

Humanitarian Aid from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Helped Ukrainian Refugees with Shelter and Medical Care


The Czech Republic has actively been providing aid to Ukraine since the first day of Russian aggression. In addition to supplying weapons and military equipment and receiving hundreds of thousands of refugees or voluntary collections of citizens… more ►

Czech humanitarian assistance to help Yemen


Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Jiří Kozák announced humanitarian assistance of 1 million dollars for next two years, while participating in the High-Level Pledging Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. more ►

Czech efforts continue to support war-torn Ukraine


Ambassador Václav Bálek contributed to Joint Launch of the Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan and the Regional Refugee Response Plan for Ukraine. He condemned Russian aggression and recalled Czech efforts and assistance provided. more ►

Czech Ambassador meets the new President of the International Committee of the Red Cross


The evaluation of cooperation during the Czech EU Presidency and current humanitarian challenges, especially in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, were the main topics of the meeting between Ambassador Václav Bálek and Mirjana… more ►

Joint efforts with the High Commissioner for Refugees help Ukraine and beyond


On 10 – 14 October, the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) took place. Czech Chargé d'affaires Jitka Brodská spoke during the General Debate, while the Russian invasion of Ukraine was… more ►

The Czech Republic to support Lutheran World Federation’s efforts in Lebanon


Ambassador Václav Bálek and Maria Immonen, Director of the World Service Department of the Lutheran World Federation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning a financial contribution of USD 350 thousand to the project in Lebanon through… more ►

Czech EU Presidency and digitalization with IFRC


On Thursday, May 19, Ambassador Václav Bálek met with the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Jagan Chapagain more ►

The Czech Republic in the panel on Digitalization in Humanitarian Action


Permanent Representative Václav Bálek participated in the panel on Digitalization in Humanitarian Action, co-organized by Slovenia, France and the Czech Republic together with the Delegation of the European Union. more ►

Czech Republic to support Red Cross’ efforts in Ukraine


In response to such a critical humanitarian situation in Ukraine caused by Russian aggression, the Czech Republic is to support the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by 1 million euro. more ►

Ambassador Gajdušek met ICRC President Peter Maurer


Petr Gajdušek, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, met Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross. more ►

The Czech Republic took part in ICRC's field visit to South Sudan


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) organized for selected donor countries a field visit to South Sudan which took place from 7th to 12th April 2019. The Czech Republic, providing in recent years a humanitarian assistance, for… more ►

Minister Petříček at the Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan


Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Tomáš Petříček visited Geneva on 28 November and participated to the 13th high-level international conference on Afghanistan which goal was to show the solidarity of the international community… more ►

A representative of the Czech Republic took part in ICRC's visit to Bangladesh


The International Committee of the Red Cross had invited the Czech Republic, along with several other donor countries, to participate in its mission to Bangladesh. The mission took place from 2 to 9 December 2017. The Czech Republic was… more ►

The Czech Republic reiterated its commitments to the Sendai Framework at the GP2017


The fifth session of the Global Platform 2017 took place 22-26 May, 2017 in Cancun. This is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of… more ►

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs pledged in Geneva to contribute the humanitarian assistance to Yemen


During the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen organised by OCHA on 25th April 2017 in Geneva and chaired by Mr. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, on behalf of the Czech Republic Mr. Martin… more ►

UNISDR: The Czech Republic shared experience on the implementation of the Sendai Framework


“Domestic and International Experience of the Czech Republic in Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction” were presented by Mr. Pavel Danihelka, professor Faculty of Law of VŠB – Technical University… more ►