About the 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. In the Agenda, humanity—people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive— is placed at the heart of global decision-making. To achieve this, global leaders and all humanitarian actors are called upon to act on five core responsibilities. Click on the icons below to learn more about each core responsibility.


 One Humanity, Shared Responsibility


The five Core Responsibilities and the Agenda for Humanity are part of the Report: One Humanity, Shared Responsibility which guided the overarching framework of the World Humanitarian Summit. At the Summit 180 Member States of the United Nations, over 700 local and international NGOs, the private sector and other stakeholders demonstrated overwhelming support for the Agenda and announced thousands of commitments to turn it into reality. 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 Agenda for Humanity.

Agenda for Humanity Transformations

The Agenda for Humanity advocates for a number of strategic and normative transformations under each core responsibility that are necessary in order to make it a reality. The individual and joint commitments made at the Summit will support the implementation of these strategic transformations.

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Core Responsibility 1: Political Leadership to Prevent and End Conflicts

  • 1A

    Demonstrate timely, coherent and decisive political leadership

  • 1B

    Act early

  • 1C

    Remain engaged and invest in stability

  • 1D

    Develop solutions with and for people

Core Responsibility 2: Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity

  • 2A

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

  • 2B

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

  • 2C

    Speak out on violations

  • 2D

    Take concrete steps to improve compliance and accountability

  • 2E

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

Core Responsibility 3: Leave No One Behind

  • 3A

    Reduce and address displacement

  • 3B

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

  • 3C

    End statelessness in the next decade

  • 3D

    Empower and protect women and girls

  • 3E

    Eliminate gaps in education for children, adolescents and young people

  • 3F

    Enable adolescents and young people to be agents of positive transformation

  • 3G

    Address other groups or minorities in crisis settings

Core Responsibility 4: Change People's Lives: From Delivering Aid to Ending Need

  • 4A

    Reinforce, do not replace, national and local systems

  • 4B

    Anticipate, do not wait, for crises

  • 4C

    Deliver collective outcomes: transcend humanitarian-development divides

Core Responsibility 5: Invest in Humanity

  • 5A

    Invest in local capacities

  • 5B

    Invest according to risk

  • 5C

    Invest in stability

  • 5D

    Finance outcomes, not fragmentation: shift from funding to financing

  • 5E

    Diversify the resource base and increase cost-efficiency