Leave No One Behind

Honouring our commitment to leave no one behind requires reaching everyone in situations of conflict, disaster, vulnerability and risk.

The Agenda for Humanity calls on leaders to transform the lives of those most at risk of being left behind. This means reaching everyone and empowering all women, men, girls and boys to be agents of positive transformation. It means reducing displacement, supporting refugees and migrants, endings gaps in education and fighting to eradicate sexual and gender-based violence. Leaders need to make bold commitments to achieve a world where the world’s poorest will be targeted in development programmes, where world leaders work together to halve displacement and come up with strong plans to protect them, where women and girls will be empowered and protected, and where all children, whether in conflict zones or displaced, will be able to attend school. 

Agenda for Humanity Transformations

In his Agenda for Humanity, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon advocates for a number of strategic and normative shifts that are necessary in order to make the Agenda a reality.

To leave no one behind, stakeholders need to:

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

Summary of individual and joint commitments made

Participants at the World Humanitarian Summit made thousands of individual and joint commitments in support of the major shifts 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.

There was a clear consensus that protracted forced displacement, in addition to being a humanitarian priority, must also become a political and development priority and that a new approach is needed to address displacement. This new approach should aim at meeting the humanitarian needs of the displaced, while also reducing vulnerability and increasing the self-reliance and resilience of the refugees, IDPs and host communities. Member States, (including those with large numbers of displaced), donors, financial institutions, the private sector, UN and other humanitarian and development partners made strong commitments in support of that approach. The need for more equitable and predictable responsibility sharing was highlighted. The importance of upholding and strengthening the implementation of protection frameworks for refugees and IDPs was also repeatedly stressed.

A selection of individual and joint commitments made

  • ACTIONAID NGOGlobal

    ActionAid commits by 2020 to ensure the meaningful participation of women in all formal and informal decision making processes, ensuring that women make up at least 50% of rights-holders engaged in community decision making and consultation processes that ActionAid leads.

    • Commitment Type Operational
  • ACTIONAID NGOGlobal

    ActionAid commits to ensure all of its humanitarian programming is gender responsive by 2020.

    • Commitment Type Operational
  • ACTIONAID NGOGlobal

    ActionAid commits to ensure at least 50% of its implementing partners in humanitarian action are women-led or women's organisations by 2020.

    • Commitment Type Operational