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08-09-2007, 03:28 PM
Posted with InterAction blessing. May be of interest for some of you:

Dear Colleagues:

InterAction and key humanitarian leaders from our community recently
attended the Global Humanitarian Platform (GHP). It was a historic
meeting that endorsed "Principles of Partnership" between the NGO
humanitarian community, United Nations agencies engaged in humanitarian
efforts, and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. These Principles
of Partnership will now shape our community's overall relationship with
the UN during all future humanitarian interventions. Thanks to all the
InterAction members that shaped the principles and helped make this
agreement a reality.

If your organization is engaged in humanitarian work or works in
disaster prone areas please share these Principles of Partnership with
your field staff. We hope that you will see the endorsement of the
Principles of Partnership as an important step forward in improving the
way we work in the humanitarian community so that we can all provide
more effective responses. Details of the Global Humanitarian Platform
meeting and final Principles of Partnership are attached.

The Global Humanitarian Platform is a forum that brings together the
three main families of the humanitarian community - NGOs, the Red Cross
and Red Crescent Movement, and the UN and related international
organizations. Its overall goal is to enhance the effectiveness of
humanitarian action. It is premised on the belief that no single
humanitarian agency can cover all humanitarian needs and that
collaboration is, therefore, not an option, but a necessity. Based on
the principle of diversity, the GHP does not seek to convince
humanitarian agencies to pursue a single mode of action or work within a
unique framework. The GHP agreed to roll out Principles of Partnership
that define the desired relationship of its three main pillars.

Should you have any questions, need more information about the GHP and
its principles, or have suggestions about how best to move forward on
the action plan coming out of the GHP meeting, please do not hesitate to
contact me or Jim Bishop.



Samuel A. Worthington
President & CEO