Luxembourg has since 2012 operated emergency.lu, a collab between the Luxembourg government and the aerospace sector, which allows for rapid response to humanitarian crises and natural disasters.
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Luxembourg was one of only five major donors to meet or exceed the 2018 UN target of spending on development aid, ranking second in the figures released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Wednesday.
The target, which had been defined as 0.7% of gross national income on aid, was also met by Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the UK.
Foreign aid overall from the 30 official donors, however, dropped by 2.7% in 2018 from one year prior, totalling $143bn in 2018.
The largest decline in aid was in Austria, Finland, Greece, Italy, Japan and Portugal, although in some cases this was due to a decline in refugee arrivals.
In a release accompanying the figures, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría called the figures “worrying”, adding: “Donor countries are not living up to their 2015 pledge to ramp up development finance, and this bodes badly for us being able to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.”
Since 2012, Luxembourg has also operatedemergency.lu, a collaboration between the Luxembourg government and the aerospace sector, which allows for rapid response to humanitarian crises and natural disasters.