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An Agenda for Action and Change

The Agenda for Humanity sets out five major areas for action and change, the 5 Core Responsibilities, that are needed to address and reduce humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability, and 24 key transformations that will help achieve them. Learn more by clicking on the icons below. 


#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.