White Helmets is the unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic in charge of designing and implementing international humanitarian assistance. Guided by the principle of non indifference among States, it carries out its activities through a working model based on cooperation, solidarity and community participation. It is entirely integrated with civilian personnel and backed by a team of national and international volunteers.
This Argentine Initiative sets into motion when called upon by the affected country or within the framework of an international humanitarian appeal, under the principles of impartiality, neutrality, independence and humanitarianism.
Since its inception in 1994, White Helmets has carried out more than 283 humanitarian assistance missions in all five continents.
The Commission integrates a bilateral and multilateral humanitarian assistance cooperation network through which it channels and coordinates the immediate response to socio-natural disasters; it also takes part in the associated restoration, reconstruction and development tasks, and promotes risks prevention and management.
After 22 years of work promoting respect to International Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian International Law, the Initiative has become a state policy and constitutes a fundamental priority for Argentine Foreign Policy.
The White Helmets Commission was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994 and by the Organization of American States in 1995. Since then, WH signed several Cooperation Agreements with different International Community mechanisms, which highlighted the worldwide importance that the Initiative is granted around the world. The most recent support was given at the UN 70th. General Assembly, on December 10th, 2015.