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Protecting Persons Affected by Natural Disasters: IASC Operational Guidelines on Human Rights and Natural Disasters

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 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 hazards in mind, they are also relevant to other kinds of disasters.

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Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)