» Primary Objectives
To develop and agree on system-wide humanitarian policies
To allocate responsibilities among agencies in humanitarian
To develop and agree on a common ethical framework
for all humanitarian activities
To advocate for common humanitarian principles to
parties outside the IASC
To identify areas where gaps in mandates or lack of
operational capacity exist
To resolve disputes or disagreement about and between
humanitarian agencies on system-wide humanitarian issues.
» Key Principles
Overall Objective: The ultimate objective of
any decision should be that of improved delivery of humanitarian assistance
to affected populations.
Respect for Mandates: The decisions of the
IASC will not compromise members with respect to their own mandates.
Ownership: All members have an equal ownership
of the Committee and its subsidiary bodies.
Subsidiarity: Decisions will be taken at the
lowest appropriate level.
Impartiality of the Secretariat: The IASC is
serviced by a Secretariat, which does
not represent the interests of any member.
According to General Assembly Resolution 46/182, the IASC should be composed of "all operational organizations
and with a standing invitation to the International Committee of the Red Cross,
the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and
the International Organization for Migration. Relevant non-governmental organizations
can be invited to participate on an ad hoc basis."
In practice, no distinction is made between "Members"
and "Standing Invitees" and the number of participating agencies has expanded
since inception of the IASC in 1992.
In fact, the strength and added value of the IASC lies
in its broad membership, bringing together all key humanitarian actors.
With regard to IASC membership, "operational" is defined
as having the following characteristics:
The IASC's overall objective is inclusive coordination,
while maintaining a relatively limited number of "members" to ensure functionality
Membership is subject to a continuous review, and new
members are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Organisations aspiring to become
members are encouraged to contribute to the work of Subsidiary Bodies in their
area of specialization. Thereby, they can demonstrate their real commitment
and potential contribution to the IASC.
» Priorities 2012