Uphold the norms that safeguard humanity

Even wars have limits: minimizing human suffering and protecting civilians require strengthened compliance with international law.

Every day, civilians are deliberately or indiscriminately injured and killed. Airstrikes rip families apart. Humanitarian and healthcare workers are kidnapped and killed, medical facilities and ambulances looted and destroyed as a tactic of warfare. Access for humanitarian workers is being arbitrarily denied and obstructed to exacerbate suffering. Women and girls are abused and sold as sexual slaves. Schools, hospitals and places of worship are regularly bombed. States need to respect the rules they have endorsed in international humanitarian and human rights law. This means complying with the rules of distinction, proportionality and precaution and stopping bombing and shelling populated areas, where civilians account for the vast majority of deaths.

Agenda for Humanity Transformations

The Agenda for Humanity advocates for a number of strategic and normative transformations that are necessary in order to make it a reality.

Respecting the rules of war include:

Summary of Commitments made

* The count includes Core, Individual and Joint commitments

Participants at the World Humanitarian Summit made thousands of individual and joint commitments in support of the major transformations laid out in the Agenda for Humanity. These commitments represent tangible actions that support the implementation of a core commitment, or more broadly to help achieve the Agenda for Humanity.

Core Responsibility 2 generated a wide range of policy and operational commitments to strengthen the protection of civilians by enhancing compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law. The commitments were tailored to stakeholders’ individual policy priorities, needs and capacities thereby fulfilling the Secretary-General’s call for Member States to use their political and economic leverage to ensure that parties to armed conflict comply with international humanitarian and human rights law. At least 20% of the commitments focused on the prevention of gender-based violence. Another 40 commitments focused on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. A large number of commitments highlighted actions to further protection of civilians, including child protection, and promotion of the centrality of protection.

A selection of individual and joint commitments made

  • Action Against Hunger | ACF International NGOGlobal

    ACF International will reinforce respect and understanding for the humanitarian principles through the chanelling of donor funds - and adapting its organizational strategic plans - to support training on the principles and legal frameworks for all ACF staff, as well as sensitizing local communities and relevant actors present in the field.

    • Commitment Type Operational
  • ACT Alliance Faith-based OrganisationGlobal

    ACT Alliance will reinforce and highlight through its membership the integral role of faith-based responders in rapid and unimpeded access to communities in need by exhibiting full respect for the humanitarian principles. It will do this by engaging local and national members in information sharing, awareness raising and capacity building on the practical application of the guiding principles and ensuring complete and contextualized integration of the humanitarian principles into all ACT Alliance humanitarian responses.

    • Commitment Type Capacity
  • ACT Alliance Faith-based OrganisationGlobal

    In an expression of global solidarity with poor and marginalized people, ACT Alliance will amplify the voices that promote human rights and international humanitarian law and speak out against social and structural injustice.

    • Commitment Type Advocacy