The UK commits to humanitarian principles and recommendations of the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review

The government of the United Kingdom reported to Parliament on Lord Ashdown’s independent Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR), June 15th 2011.

The UK Secretary of State, Andrew Mitchell, said in the response that the majority of the recommendations of the Review would be addressed and that DFID’s humanitarian assistance will be guided by “need and need alone”.

The underlying key messages of the HERR are around anticipation, building resilience, capacity and strengthening leadership- all of which would be taken into account fully when designing the UK’s future humanitarian policy.

Its recommendations are of use beyond the UK, and will positively impact the humanitarian sector as a whole.

More information on DFID’s website.