IASC OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND NATURAL DISASTERS

AUTHOR: Inter-agency Standing Committee (IASC)

LAST UPDATED: June 2006

TYPE OF TOOL: Guidelines

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, Inter-agency Standing Committee (IASC), guidelines, restoration, shelter

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 36 pages

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK: https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/working-group/news/iasc-operational-guidelines-human-rights-and-natural-disasters

ABOUT THE TOOL: “These Operational Guidelines are addressed to intergovernmental and non-governmental humanitarian actors when they are called upon to become active just before or in the aftermath of a natural disaster. The Operational Guidelines do not list the rights of persons as enshrined in international law. Rather, they focus on what humanitarian actors should do in order to implement a rights-based approach to humanitarian action in the context of natural disasters.They call on humanitarian actors to look beyond their core mandate and to have a holistic vision of the needs of the people they have been asked to serve. While these Guidelines have been drafted with the consequences of natural disasters in mind, most of them are also relevant in preparation for or after other kinds of disastershave struck.

These Operational Guidelines are informed by and draw on relevant international human rights law, existing standards and policies pertaining to humanitarian action, and human rights guidelines on humanitarian standards in situations of natural disaster. They cover relevant civil and political as well as economic, social and cultural rights.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) is the primary mechanism for inter-agency coordination of humanitarian assistance. It is a unique forum involving the key UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.”

INTENDED USER: “intergovernmental and non-governmental humanitarian actors when they are called upon to become active just before or in the aftermath of a natural disaster.”

Leave a Reply

Name and email are required. Your email address will not be published.