Principled humanitarian aid is legal and legitimate

The human being has to be the focus of political and humanitarian action. The fulfilment of the humanitarian mandate by humanitarian organisations must be guaranteed to affected people in crises. Criminalizing humanitarian aid is criminalizing humanity.  

Responsible political partners

The challenges above need committed political leadership. Humanitarian aid requires politicians who respect International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and international human rights. Governmental stakeholders should seek conflict prevention, engage in dialogue, and need to distance themselves from instrumentalising humanitarian aid. Policy makers shall be commitment to sustainable and adequate financing and to the support of new funding types and partnerships in addition to those of the past.  

Humanitarian organisations must strengthen their impact

It is for the humanitarian organisations to consider how they can amplify the impact of their own actions and how they can strengthen cooperation within their sector.

Preventing Humanitarian Disasters

At the World Humanitarian Summit it was agreed to minimize human made disasters. We particularly call upon policy makers and civil society to ensure the elimination of nuclear weapons and that automated warfare will give priority to the respect of human life, particularly of non-combatants, and will remain under human control and with human accountability.