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Humanitarian Assistance

Definition of Humanitarian Assistance

  • Humanitarian assistance is a set of activities carried out by the global community in order to protect the lives and basic human rights of those suffering from natural disasters, conflicts, diseases and other crises. As an emerging donor country, the Korean government is actively taking part in international humanitarian efforts based on the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence.

ROK Government’s Policy Directions for Humanitarian Assistance

  • Through measures such as the Overseas Emergency Relief Act (enacted in March 2007), Policy Framework on Overseas Emergency Relief (September 2015) and Humanitarian Assistance Strategy (March 2015), the Korean Government has established legal and institutional basis at the domestic level to ensure effective implementation of humanitarian assistance.

    When selecting beneficiary for humanitarian assistance, we consider various factors including disaster situation, the response capacity of the country in question, requests from the international community such as the United Nations, and assistance provided by other countries. In particular, the Korean government is focusing on the most vulnerable groups such as children and women in the fields of education and health where Korea has comparative advantages.

Humanitarian Assistance for Refugees

  • As of late 2016, the number of forcibly displaced persons worldwide exceeded 65.6 million people, indicating that the world is facing its worst refugee crisis on record. The international community is increasingly calling for every nation to demonstrate solidarity and responsibility in jointly responding to the refugee crisis.

    The Korean Government has continued to expand humanitarian assistance for refugees from 3.5 million USD in 2012 to 64 million USD in 2017. The Korean government, in particular, participated in the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region held in April 2017, and pledged humanitarian assistance worth 14 million USD for Syria and its neighboring countries, which is experiencing the worst refugee crisis of our time.