The last meeting of the MENA Group was held in Cairo on 4-5 December 2013. During the meeting, the Group reviewed the humanitarian situation in Yemen and Iraq as well as emerging humanitarian trends in the region and agreed to intensify efforts to increase resource mobilization in support of Yemen and Iraq, and monitor developments in Gaza. The group agreed to develop a needs-driven matrix that identifies and addresses preparedness gaps and prioritizes countries in the region on the basis of the Minimum Preparedness Package database. The Group discussed the UN-LAS collaboration activities and agreed to coordinate engagement with LAS through a comprehensive mapping exercise.
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. This happened for example during the crisis in Libya in early 2011 and previously during emergencies in Yemen.
The MENA Group meets twice a year at senior technical level, under a rotating chairmanship. Between meetings, members coordinate via teleconferences. OCHA provides secretariat support to the group whose official name is the Regional Inter-agency Coordination Network on Emergency Preparedness and Response.