OCHA on Message: Inter-Agency Standing Committee [EN/AR]

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What is the Inter-Agency Standing Committee?

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) brings together international organizations working to provide humanitarian assistance to people in need as a result of natural disasters, conflict-related emergencies, global food crises and pandemics. By coordinating activities, members improve overall service delivery, share resources, pool analysis and disseminate best practices.

Participants use the forum to agree on system-wide policies to achieve a better overall response, while respecting organizations’ individual mandates.

Established by UN General Assembly resolution 46/182 in 1991, the IASC is the only decision-making group that includes UN agencies, the World Bank, the International Organization for Migration and other humanitarian organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and non-governmental organizations. In other words, the IASC includes many of the largest humanitarian organizations and accounts for the majority of humanitarian assistance distributed worldwide. Organizations participate either as full members or standing invitees of the Committee.

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