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Agenda for Humanity

The Agenda for Humanity is a five-point plan that outlines the changes that are needed to alleviate suffering, reduce risk and lessen vulnerability on a global scale. It served as the overarching framework of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23-24 May 2016, asking global leaders to act on five core responsibilities.

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#1 Prevent and end conflicts
Prevent and end conflicts

Leadership to prevent and end conflict

Demonstrate timely, coherent and decisive political leadership

Act early

Act early

Stay and invest

Remain engaged and invest in stability

Be inclusive in decision making

Develop solutions with and for people

#2 Respect rules of war
Respect rules of war

Protect civilians and civilian property

Respect and protect civilians and civilian objects in the conduct of hostilities

Ensure delivery of humanitarian and medical assistance

Ensure full access to and protection of the humanitarian and medical missions

Speak out on violations

Speak out on violations

Improve compliance and accountability

Take concrete steps to improve compliance and accountability

Stand up for the rules of war

Uphold the rules: a global campaign to affirm the norms that safeguard humanity

#3 Leave no one behind
Leave no one behind

Address displacement

Reduce and address displacement

Address migration

Address the vulnerabilities of migrants and provide more regular and lawful opportunities for migration

End statelessness

End statelessness in the next decade

Empower and protect women and girls

Empower and protect women and girls

Ensure education for all in crisis

Eliminate gaps in education for children, adolescents and young people

Empower young people

Enable adolescents and young people to be agents of positive transformation

Include the most vulnerable

Address other groups or minorities in crisis settings

#4 Work differently to end need
Work differently to end need

Reinforce local systems

Reinforce, do not replace, national and local systems

Anticipate crises

Anticipate, do not wait, for crises

Transcend humanitarian-development divides

Deliver collective outcomes: transcend humanitarian-development divides

#5 Invest in humanity
Invest in humanity

Invest in local capacities

Invest in local capacities

Invest according to risk

Invest according to risk

Invest in stability

Invest in stability

Shift from funding to financing

Finance outcomes, not fragmentation: shift from funding to financing

Diversify resources and increase efficiency

Diversify the resource base and increase cost-efficiency

Discover Initiatives

More than a dozen initiatives, partnerships, platforms and alliances were either newly developed or strengthened through the World Humanitarian Summit process and will help implement the Core Responsibilities and turn the Agenda for Humanity into reality.

  • New Way of Working

    Recognizing that humanitarian and development actors, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector actors have been...

  • Peace Promise

    The Peace Promise is a set of common commitments of humanitarian, development and peacebuilding actors to simultaneously deliver humanitarian...
  • Charter for Faith-Based Humanitarian Action

    Many religious institutions and faith-based NGOs (FBOs) have a unique comparative advantage in humanitarian contexts: they have an established...

  • Connecting Business Initiative

    With the scale of humanitarian need fast outpacing the ability of traditional actors to respond, it is more important than ever to engage the...

  • The Grand Bargain

    The Grand Bargain is an agreement between more than 30 of the biggest donors and aid providers, which aims to get more means into the hands...

  • Charter for Change

    Local organisations such as National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and national NGOs are among the first responders to disasters and...