Srinagar, April 14 (Scoop News) – Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon today launched the 2011 Edition of Sphere Handbook on Minimum Standards for Humanitarian Response. The Handbook was globally released in 14 countries all over the world and in
The launching function was organized jointly by Divisional Administration, Kashmir in collaboration with J&K IMPA at
The 2011 edition of Sphere Handbook incorporates a new chapter – Protection Principles – which considers the protection and safety of population affected by disaster or armed conflict as an integral part of humanitarian response. It addresses emerging issues like climate change, disaster risk reduction, early recovery of services and livelihoods, cash transfers and civil-military relations. Understanding and supporting local responses to disasters such as the one in
The cornerstone of the Handbook is the Humanitarian Charter, which describes core principles that govern humanitarian action and asserts the rights of disaster-affected population to life with dignity, protection and assistance. For the new edition, the Humanitarian Charter has been re-written to offer clear language and strengthen linkage to the standards. The 2011 edition of Sphere Handbook is compiled in coordination with more than 650 experts from 300 organizations in 20 countries. The book also has contributions from UN agencies.
A series of Core and Minimum Standards are based on best practices in the sector. The Core Standards pertain to the planning and implementation phases of humanitarian response. The Minimum Standards deal with four sets of life-saving activities: water and sanitation; food security and nutrition; shelter and non-food items; and health. They have all been significantly revised in the new edition.
Natural calamities and conflicts often leave people in the need of aid and relief to sustain their lives. In recent past, we have seen this in many natural and manmade disasters. The devastating Earthquake of 2005, Floods in
Expressing views on the latest Sphere Handbook, Div Com said “The Sphere Standards have been prepared scientifically and are the benchmark for ensuring effective humanitarian assistance to people in need around the world. It is a life line for humanitarian aid workers and organizations and will improve the quality of humanitarian assistance to survivors of disasters and conflicts”. He further said that the State Disaster Management Policy is being prepared in collaboration with IMPA and NIDM. He stressed on preparation of District Disaster Management Plans. He also appreciates the work of Fire Services, Health Deptt, PHE, Electric Deptt, R&B and Police in Disaster Management. He called upon the NGOs and Government agencies to form a platform where proper coordination takes place. The forum could be called Inter Agency Group (IAG). He assured full support for formation of the IAG.
Earlier Deputy Commissioner Srinagar spoke about the vulnerability of
The Sphere Project was created globally by a group of humanitarian non-governmental organizations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Since its first trial edition in 1998, the Sphere Handbook has been translated into more than 40 languages, becoming the most widely known and internationally recognized set of standards for humanitarian response. Sphere