To promote and facilitate a rights-based approach to disaster relief, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) adopted Operational Guidelines on Human Rights and Natural Disasters in 2006. The Guidelines are a major contribution to the promotion of a rights-based approach in situations of natural disasters.
The “Oslo Guidelines” were originally prepared over a period of two years beginning in 1992. They were the result of a collaborative effort that culminated in an international conference in Oslo, Norway, in January 1994 and were released in May 1994.
Guidelines for Environmental Emergencies
With climate change leading to more severe weather conditions, we are expecting an increase in the number and scale of natural
disasters. As a consequence, we have to be prepared to respond to ever more environmental emergencies.
These Guidelines represent a comprehensive revision to the original 2005 Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings.
When a disaster hits or a conflict erupts, humanitarian actors move quickly to save lives, meet basic needs and protect survivors. In this rush to provide humanitarian response, the appeal to “pay attention to gender issues”often falls on deaf ears and may seem irrelevant.