MENA Group

The last MENA Group meeting was held on 1 June 2015 in Amman, Jordan. During the meeting the Group reviewed the humanitarian situation in Yemen, Libya, and Iraq, discussing humanitarian needs, the ongoing responses, and challenges including access to affected populations and humanitarian financing.

The Group also reviewed the situation regarding migration in the Mediterranean, and refugees and migrants taking the perilous journey over the Mediterranean Sea. After a presentation from UNHCR, the EU briefed the Group on the EU policy and priorities regarding the issue.

OCHA briefed the Group on the latest World Humanitarian Summit developments, thanking participants for the ongoing support to the process.

The Group also had a session on reviewing overall humanitarian access issues in the region highlighting that in all countries facing crisis there are significant challenges to accessing affected populations.

Finally the group reviewed global humanitarian developments including INFORM, the high level panel on humanitarian funding, and the ECOSOC humanitarian segment of global meetings regarding the MDGs.

The MENA Group is a network for coordination among humanitarian partners in the Middle East and North Africa region. The MENA Group is an informal platform. The regional offices of 20 agencies - all members of the global Inter-Agency Standing Committee - are currently members.

The Group supports humanitarian actors in individual countries in emergency preparedness and response, humanitarian advocacy, national disaster management and response to global threats. In emergencies that are regional in scope, the Group may act as the first forum for humanitarian coordination.

The MENA Group meets twice a year at senior technical level. Between meetings, members coordinate as necessary particularly on specific operational issues requiring regional support. OCHA provides secretariat support to the group whose official name is the Regional Inter-agency Coordination Network on Emergency Preparedness and Response.