Part II

Inter-Agency Standing Committee/Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs Secretariat


    New York Geneva Total  
  Requirements 552,222 390,622 942,844  
  Staff Costs 355,320 223,260 578,580  
  Consultant Fees and Travel 9,505 9,505  
  Travel 31,250 23,815 55,065  
  Operating Expenses  
  Contractual Services  
  Supplies, Materials, Furniture and Equipment  
  Fellowships, Grants and Contributions  
  Programme Support Costs 35,262 33,402 68,664  
  Total Expenditure (US$) 421,832 289,982 711,814  
Income for Core Activities is recorded in total under the Trust Fund for the Strengthening of OCHA

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) was established in 1992 in response to General Assembly Resolution 46/182, calling for strengthened coordination of humanitarian assistance. The IASC is a unique inter agency forum for humanitarian dialogue and decision making, involving UN and non-UN humanitarian partners. Under the leadership of the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), the primary role of the IASC is to shape humanitarian policy and ensure coordinated and effective response.

The Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs (ECHA) is one of four committees created by the Secretary-General within the framework of United Nations reform. Under the leadership of the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs, the primary aim of ECHA is to bring together political, peacekeeping and security departments of the United Nations Secretariat and United Nations agencies, funds and programmes to address critical policy and operational matters concerning humanitarian issues and crises. A joint IASC/ECHA Secretariat facilitates the work of the
IASC and ECHA as effective, action-oriented and well-coordinated decision-making bodies. It supports the USG/ERC in his capacity as chair of both committees and the Director of OCHA Geneva in his capacity as chair of the IASC Working Group.

In 2006, the IASC/ECHA Secretariat contributed the implementation of OCHA’s broad mandate to mobilize and coordinate effective humanitarian action by facilitating inter-agency policy discussions on key aspects of humanitarian reform (and since May with the Humanitarian Reform Support Unit [HRSU]), including implementation of the cluster approach, strengthening of the humanitarian coordination system and increasing dialogue between UN and non-UN agencies, particularly NGOs.


Activities and Accomplishments

In 2006, the IASC reached agreement on a number of key policy initiatives to improve coordinated humanitarian response in the field. The IASC Secretariat facilitated regular meetings of the IASC Principals and the IASC Working Group to achieve progress in humanitarian policy. Weekly information sharing meetings in Geneva and New York were also held to keep IASC members informed about humanitarian policy and operational initiatives.

The Secretariat helped to facilitate the Dialogue Meeting held in Geneva in July with the participation of 40 CEOs from UN and non-UN humanitarian organizations, leading to the establishment of the Global Humanitarian Platform. In preparation for that meeting, in May the Chief of the Secretariat participated in a joint United Nations/ NGO mission to Somalia and Kenya to look at cooperation instruments between UN and non-UN agencies – in particular assessing how to better promote humanitarian CTs. The IASC Secretariat also participated in the executive boards of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies and Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response.

The Secretariat developed the IASC website which serves as the primary portal for humanitarian partners and the wider public accessing information about the IASC, its products and its key materials. In 2006, the IASC website had more than 21,000 unique visitors.

Monthly ECHA meetings were convened to support a cohesive and concerted approach to the major humanitarian crises in 2006, including those in Côte d’Ivoire, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Timor-Leste. In addition, six ad-hoc ECHA meetings took place, with four devoted to the Lebanon crisis in mid 2006. Under the leadership of the USG, ECHA’s meetings focused on advocacy, resource mobilization, humanitarian access, regional approaches and achieving more effective and efficient humanitarian assistance through political and security interlinkages.

Performance Evaluation