InterAction Statement on UN Integration

The UN’s integration policy requires the close alignment of all objectives and activities of UN entities, including its humanitarian bodies, to achieve political ends. This is fundamentally incompatible with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence -- all essential to operating safely in situations of armed conflict and other political violence. While InterAction appreciates the importance of strengthened coherence within the UN system, humanitarian actors can no longer afford for their operations to be subsumed under the political and peacekeeping mandates of UN missions. InterAction is calling for a humanitarian exception to the integration rule to assert the independence of humanitarian action.