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 Humanityadvocates 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

    Leadership to prevent and end conflict

  • 1B

    Act early

    Act early

  • 1C

    Remain engaged and invest in stability

    Stay and invest

  • 1D

    Develop solutions with and for people

    Be inclusive in decision making

Core Responsibility 2: Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity

  • 2A

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

    Protect civilians and civilian property

  • 2B

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

    Ensure delivery of humanitarian and medical assistance

  • 2C

    Speak out on violations

    Speak out on violations

  • 2D

    Take concrete steps to improve compliance and accountability

    Improve compliance and accountability

  • 2E

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

    Stand up for the rules of war

Core Responsibility 3: Leave No One Behind

  • 3A

    Reduce and address displacement

    Address displacement

  • 3B

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

    Address migration

  • 3C

    End statelessness in the next decade

    End statelessness

  • 3D

    Empower and protect women and girls

    Empower and protect women and girls

  • 3E

    Eliminate gaps in education for children, adolescents and young people

    Ensure education for all in crisis

  • 3F

    Enable adolescents and young people to be agents of positive transformation

    Empower young people

  • 3G

    Address other groups or minorities in crisis settings

    Include the most vulnerable

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

  • 4A

    Reinforce, do not replace, national and local systems

    Reinforce local systems

  • 4B

    Anticipate, do not wait, for crises

    Anticipate crises

  • 4C

    Deliver collective outcomes: transcend humanitarian-development divides

    Transcend humanitarian-development divides

Core Responsibility 5: Invest in Humanity

  • 5A

    Invest in local capacities

    Invest in local capacities

  • 5B

    Invest according to risk

    Invest according to risk

  • 5C

    Invest in stability

    Invest in stability

  • 5D

    Finance outcomes, not fragmentation: shift from funding to financing

    Shift from funding to financing

  • 5E

    Diversify the resource base and increase cost-efficiency

    Diversify resources and increase efficiency