IASC Principals Meetings

IASC Principals are the heads of all IASC member agencies or their representatives. They meet twice a year in meetings chaired by the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Mr Stephen O'Brien, usually in April and December.

The IASC Principals have responsibility for:

  • making strategic and policy decisions which have system-wide implications
  • endorsing major operational decisions, particularly with respect to implementation of the Transformative Agenda (TA)
  • arbitration where no consensus can be reached at the Working Group or Emergency Directors levels
  • advocating common humanitarian principles, collectively or individually, on behalf of the IASC
  • approving the general work programme of the IASC, the WG, and the EDG
  • bringing issues to the attention of the Secretary-General and the Security Council, through the ERC
  • designating Humanitarian Coordinators and selecting coordination arrangements.

IASC Principals Meetings and related Documents

23 August 2016, IASC Principals ad hoc meeting on Iraq, Syrian and Yemen

7-8 June 2016, IASC Principals Meeting, Washington DC

7 April 2016, adhoc meeting on the World Humanitarian Summit


Statement on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Endorsed by the IASC Principals on 11 December 2015.

15 December 2015, Geneva


26 August 2015, Adhoc meeting. Iraq, South Sudan and Syria

21-22 May 2015, Nairobi, Kenya

13 May 2015 Ad hoc meeting Central African Republic, South Sudan, Iraq and Yemen

9 December 2014 , Geneva


5 November 2014 meeting

The IASC Principals met on 5 November 2014 to decide on the extension or deactivation of the System-wide Level 3 (L3) Emergency Response in Iraq, South Sudan and Central African Republic.  

The following are documents related to this meeting:-