The Agenda for Humanity

Report of the United Nations Secretary-General

We are confronting some of the greatest challenges of our time. In 2015:


people in need of humanitarian assistance


people forced from their homes


countries affected


billion dollars needed

The Secretary-General's Agenda for Humanity calls on global leaders to commit to 5 core responsibilities in the name of our shared humanity.

Global leadership to prevent and end conflict

Preventing conflicts and finding political solutions to resolve them is our first and foremost responsibility to humanity.

Uphold the norms that safeguard humanity

Every day, civilians are deliberately or indiscriminately killed in wars. We are witnessing the erosion of 150 years of international humanitarian law. But even wars have limits: leaders must recommit to upholding the rules that protect humanity.

Leave no one behind

The World Humanitarian Summit is the first test of our commitment 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, ending gaps in education and fighting to eradicate sexual and gender-based violence.

Change people's lives from delivering aid to ending need

Success must now be measured by how people's vulnerability and risk are reduced, not by how needs are met year after year. Ending need will require three fundamental shifts in the way we work:

  • Reinforce, don't replace national systems
  • Anticipate, do not wait for crises
  • Transcend the humanitarian-development divide

Invest in Humanity

Accepting and acting upon our shared responsibilities for humanity requires political, institutional and financial investment.

As a shift is needed from funding to financing that invests in local capacities, is risk-informed, invests in fragile situations and incentivizes collective outcomes. We must also reduce the funding gap for humanitarian needs.

There is no better time than now.

“I call upon global leaders to place humanity – the concern for the dignity, safety and well-being of our citizens – at the forefront of all policies, strategies and decision-making.

— United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon

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