|The Sphere Project - Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere Project / Proyecto Esfera, 2000, 330 p.)|
Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response
Natural disasters and armed conflicts leave millions of people in need of aid every year. To meet this challenge, the humanitarian system must be committed more than ever to serve the rights of disaster-affected people.
In a remarkable international initiative aimed at improving the effectiveness and accountability of disaster response, the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response sets out for the first time what people affected by disasters have a right to expect from humanitarian assistance. The cornerstone of this book is the Humanitarian Charter, which is based on the principles and provisions of international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law, and on the principles of the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct. It describes the core principles that govern humanitarian action and asserts the right of populations to protection and assistance. The Charter is followed by minimum standards in five core sectors - water supply and sanitation, nutrition, food aid, shelter and site planning, and health services.
The second, revised edition incorporates feedback from field offices and technical and gender reviews.
Published by the Sphere Project.
Distributed by Oxfam Publishing.