The deployment of UAVs in humanitarian settings should be carried out in a conflict sensitive manner, in accordance with the best interests of affected communities, and with the humanitarian imperative of doing no harm.
UAV deployments in humanitarian settings must observe humanitarian principles of neutrality, independence, humanity and impartiality.
In addition to observing humanitarian principles, UAV use should also comply with all laws and regulations, and taking into account considerations of public safety and insurance. Naturally, how the guidelines below are applied may differ depending on whether UAVs are used to support humanitarian action in response to a natural disaster or armed conflict. Finally, these guidelines are linked to the Humanitarian UAV Code of Conduct, which should be adhered to.