On 14th and 15th April, the English version of the Sphere Handbook was released in about a dozen countries around the world, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia. The Sphere Handbook was launched in 1997 by NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. It is now a widely known and internationally recognised set of standards in four life-saving areas of humanitarian response: water and sanitation, food, shelter and healthcare.
Its cornerstone is the Humanitarian Charter, which describes core principles that govern humanitarian action and asserts the right of populations to life with dignity, protection and assistance. The minimum standards are a compilation of best practices in this sector and a practical expression of these core principles.
In the 2011 edition, the Humanitarian Charter has been completely re-written, while chapters on minimum standards have been significantly restructured.
This edition incorporates a new chapter on the protection and safety of affected populations. It considers emerging issues like climate change, disaster risk reduction, urban disasters and education. The early recovery of services, livelihoods and governance capacity of affected communities is also addressed. Understanding and supporting local responses is an underlying priority for the whole Handbook, as is reinforcing the capacity of local actors.
The extensive revision that led to the 2011 edition involved more than 650 experts from over 300 organisations from the humanitarian sector, including several United Nations agencies.
Reducing Disaster Risk is a job for all” Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General addresses the first ever UN General Assembly Informal Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction, 9th February, 2011.Know More
Building Livelihood Resilience in Changing Climate” held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3 -5  March 2011 organized by Wetlands International & Cordaid.Know More
Pakistan's worst floods in 80 year

Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years have killed more than 1,600 people and affected up to 20 million - more than a tenth of the population. The United Nations estimates at least 8 million people need urgent assistance.
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In the morning of the rain, I was stranded in a tiny building along Commonwealth Avenue.I was there with my sister for a seminar that, like many other engagements that Saturday, would never materialize. I left the house early, thinking it was just one of those rainy mornings where some flooding might delay engagements, but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary
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