Humanitarian Principles

Glossary Term

Humanitarian Principles

As per UN General Assembly Resolution 46/182 (19 December 1991), humanitarian assistance must be provided in accordance with the principles of humanity, neutrality, and impartiality. Adherence to these principles reflects a measure of accountability of the humanitarian community. UN General Assembly Resolution 58/114 (5 February 2004) added independence as a fourth key principle underlying humanitarian action.