Humanitarian Health Action

Consolidated Appeal Process Guidelines (CAP)


13 April 2004

The Consolidated Appeal is one of four main components of General Assembly Resolution 46/182 provided to the Emergency Relief Coordinator [ERC] to promote effective and appropriate responses to emergencies. As envisaged in General Assembly Resolution 46/182, the ECOSOC Agreed Conclusions of Summer Session 1993, General Assembly Resolution 48/57 and based upon extensive consultations with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee membership, the Consolidated Appeal Process [CAP] should serve :

  • To facilitate a coordinated response by all those involved in meeting emergency needs throughout the course of an emergency by :
    • ensuring that priority actions are focused upon those in greatest need of humanitarian assistance;
    • integrating to the extent possible, humanitarian activities to promote cost effective and efficient relief and recovery activities and to avoid duplication;
    • promoting, through the process of consolidation, closer collaborative emergency responses amongst all relief and recovery actors;
    • strengthening the capacities of governments and national authorities of emergency-affected states to handle emergency relief and recovery.
  • To provide an appeal through which resources are mobilised to implement programmes to meet the needs of people affected by complex or major emergencies in a manner that illustrates clearly the total range of needs and its relationship with the plans and appeals of the actors involved.
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