5 things you need to know about the UN’s Agenda for Humanity

Women in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, wait for a food distribution after being forced to flee their homes by violence. The Agenda for Humanity is a 5-point plan put forward by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reduce humanitarian suffering around the world.
  1. 130 million people around the world are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection — the highest numbers since the Second World War. Millions more are affected by fragility, conflicts and vulnerability. The Agenda for Humanity was put forward by former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in response to the unprecedented level of humanitarian crises around the world.
  2. It was launched at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016. At the Summit, leaders from 180 countries came together with thousands of humanitarian stakeholders from NGOs, the private sector and communities affected by crisis. Collectively they made over 3,000 commitments to action and launched dozens of initiatives to implement the changes called for in the Agenda for Humanity.
  3. The Agenda for Humanity sets out five major areas for action and change, the 5 Core Responsibilities, that are needed to address and reduce humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability, and 24 key transformations that will help achieve them.
  4. The commitments and progress reports on operationalizing the 24 transformations are presented on the Agenda for Humanity’s online Platform for Action, Commitments and Transformation (PACT). The PACT is a dynamic space to report on progress and showcase results, build engagement and create new partnerships.
  5. You can get involved! To learn more about the Agenda for Humanity, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and help us share stories of positive transformation and change.
The 5 Core Responsibilities together form a plan for action and change to help millions of people around the world survive and thrive.