Humanitarian Issues India and UN

Humanitarian Issues





Indian Airforce unloading relief material in Phillipines following typhoon Haiyan


India is an active and dynamic participant in international humanitarian issues. Even though not a signatory to the UN Convention of 1951 on Refugees, India has been practicing the Principle of Non - Refoulmen t, voluntary repatriation and equality before law. India is member of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


India believes that the United Nations must coordinate international humanitarian assistance and ensure that it retains its voluntary and impartial nature and that humanitarian assistance is provided on the basis of international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles. India also believes that the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OC HA) and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) are key mechanisms for strengthening this capacity. India has made a multi - year commitment to CERF. Recently, we had contributed US$500,000 to the CERF for the year 2013 - 14 raisi ng our total contribution t o Five Million US Dollars since the inception of CERF in 2006.