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Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response


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The Sphere Project

Copyright@The Sphere Project 2011


The Sphere Project was initiated in 1997 by a group of NGOs and the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement to develop a set of universal minimum standards in core areas of humanitarian response: the Sphere Handbook. The aim of the Handbook is to improve the quality of humanitarian response in situations of disaster and conflict, and to enhance the accountability of the humanitarian system to disaster-affected people. The Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response are the product of the collective experience of many people and agencies. They should therefore not be seen as representing the views of any one agency.

First trial edition 1998
First final edition 2000
Second edition 2004
Third edition 2011

ISBN 978-1-908176-00-4

A catalogue record fort his publication is available from The British Library and the US Library of Congress.

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