Regional Inter-Agency Standing Committee Task Force

During 2012, OCHA ROCCA initiated discussions leading to the establishment of a Regional Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Task Force for the South Caucasus and Central Asia on 1 October 2012 in following with global practice. The task force will focus on the coordination of emergency response and preparedness issues, and build stronger links to disaster risk reduction initiatives in the region.

The task force members will implement mutually reinforcing emergency response preparedness and emergency response activities by developing joint strategic priorities and common action plans. It will support the efforts of Governments and national partners to reduce the potential impact of natural and man-made disasters in the South Caucasus and Central Asia region.

The overall objective of the task force is to ensure the availability of adequate levels of emergency response preparedness for humanitarian crises, as well as the means to respond effectively and in a coordinated manner. 

Participation in the Regional IASC Task Force is open to IASC members and partners that are involved in emergency preparedness and response in the region and have a regional mandate:

  • United Nations agencies
  • International Organization for Migration
  • NGOs
  • Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (ICRC, IFRC, national societies)
 

Donors are standing invitees to the Regional IASC Task Force meetings. This is in recognition of their important role in supporting emergency preparedness and response in the region.

The Regional IASC Task Force will meet on a quarterly basis. The annual meeting schedule will be endorsed at the first meeting of each year. Additional meetings will be held if required.