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  • 2018
  • Sphere General Assembly to welcome new members, elect new Executive Committee
    September 5, 2018
      Sphere will convene an extraordinary session of its General Assembly during the week of 5 November to welcome new Sphere members who have joined since the launch of the membership campaign in June. The General Assembly will also elect...
  • Ecuador recognises Sphere standards as cornerstone of national humanitarian response policy
    September 5, 2018
      The Ecuadorian government reaffirmed the Sphere standards’ role as the foundation of the country’s risk management structures as it unveiled its recently updated National Disaster Response Plan (RESPONDE Ec). In April 2016, a...
  • Sphere governing bodies meet in Barcelona: Board signs off on Handbook 2018, General Assembly paves the way for expansion of Sphere membership
    May 30, 2018
    The Sphere Executive Board convened for its biannual meeting on 8 May, hosted by Oxfam Intermón in Barcelona. The agenda included review and sign-off on the 2018 edition of the Sphere Handbook and a new application to join the Humanitarian Standards...
  • Humanitarian inclusion standards for older people and people with disabilities become part of the Humanitarian Standards Partnership
    May 10, 2018
    The Sphere Executive Board welcomed a humanitarian standards initiative focusing on older people and people with disabilities as the newest member of the Humanitarian Standard Partnership.
  • Sphere Handbook 2018 is in its final production stages
    April 26, 2018
    Following an intense year of drafting, consultation and review, the fourth edition of the Sphere Handbook is approaching the final stages of production. The consolidated manuscript of four foundational chapters and four technical chapters will be...
  • Promoting the Sphere standards across Asia: an interview with Marvin Parvez, Sphere’s regional partner representative
    March 19, 2018
    Marvin Parvez is one of the firmest believers in the positive impact of humanitarian standards, as well as an expert practitioner within the Sphere community. Discussing his work as a long-time Pakistani humanitarian professional and as a Sphere...
  • Newly-nominated Sphere focal points to spread awareness on humanitarian standards in China and Germany
    March 16, 2018
    Two new focal points have recently joined the ranks of the Sphere network, making it a 54 members strong global community of practitioners engaged in the promotion of humanitarian standards.
  • Humanitarian action that leaves no one behind: Sphere trainers in Asia promote awareness about disability inclusiveness in disaster response.
    February 23, 2018
    With more than 15 percent of the global population living with a disability, Sphere has been working with partners and trainers to make sure that humanitarian assistance is more inclusive and accessible to all. Sphere Focal Points and trainers in...
  • Sphere in Japan: Making a difference in preparedness and response
    February 23, 2018
    Japan is one of the world's most disaster-prone countries, with risks of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. In such a context, local actors' training and preparedness play a key role in limiting the potential impact of these natural...
  • Sphere Annual Report 2017
    January 30, 2018
    From the unparalleled consultative process which nurtured the revision of the Handbook to the growth of its global community, many achievements marked 2017 as an important year in Sphere's history.