Humanitarian Health Action

Operational guidance on designating sector —Cluster leads in major new and ongoing emergencies

23 May 2006

Detailed guidance on the cluster approach is provided in the IASC Guidance Note on Using the Cluster Approach to Strengthen Humanitarian Response (November 2006).

Answers to these and other questions can be found from the full text documents

  • Why is there a need to designate sector/cluster leads in major new emergencies?
  • What constitutes a “major new emergency”?
  • Can the cluster approach be used in countries where there is a UN Resident Coordinator but no Humanitarian Coordinator?
  • What is a “sector/cluster lead”?
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