Glossary Term

Inter-Agency Standing Committee

Created by the United Nations General Assembly, through its resolution 46/182 in 1991, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) is the longest-standing and highest-level humanitarian coordination forum of the United Nations that brings together 19 United Nations and non-United Nations entities to ensure coherence of preparedness and response efforts, formulate policy, and agree on priorities for strengthened humanitarian action. The IASC is the primary coordination mechanism for coherent and timely international response to humanitarian emergencies.