Humanitarian Health Action

Developing a new IASC business model for humanitarian response and inter-agency meetings

Monthly Highlights - January 2011

Following the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Principals Meeting in December, the Emergency Relief Coordinator called for collective action to improve "the leadership role required to make the humanitarian system more effective". As a consequence, a series of interagency discussions will take place in January and early February.

The following committees have been established to forward the discussions:

  • The evolving context for humanitarian action (Chaired by ICRC and WFP)
  • Humanitarian leadership and coordination (Chaired by UNICEF and ICVA/Concern)
  • Building national capacity for preparedness and early recovery (Chaired by UNDP and SCHR/CARE)
  • Accountability (Chaired by UNHCR and InterAction)
  • Advocacy and communications (Chaired by OCHA)

This debate takes place at a time when it becomes important to take stock of what has been accomplished after five years of Humanitarian Reform and when the international humanitarian system and architecture has been challenged by the demands of two mega disasters like Haiti and Pakistan.

HAC, on behalf of WHO, will be contributing to this process, focusing particularly on groups 2, 3 and 4. The outcome of these discussions will be analysed in an extraordinary IASC Principals Meeting on 21 and 22 February. The WHO Director-General and the Assistant Director-General, Health Action in Crises will participate

Other meetings
  • Preparations have started for the 79th IASC Working Group meeting which will be hosted by WHO and IOM in Cairo on 15-17 March.
  • WHO briefed the ECHA meeting on 20 January on cholera in Haiti