IASC secretariat

IASC secretariat

The IASC secretariat’s primary purpose is to support the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) by ensuring that IASC decisions are acted upon and implementation is on track. Its work includes: closely following up with IASC members and subsidiary bodies to ensure that IASC priorities are achieved and decisions are actioned; supporting the IASC structures by facilitating agenda-setting and the preparation of background material; proactively maintaining communication channels amongst organisations; fostering connectivity between the IASC Principals, the Emergency Directors Group (EDG), the Operational Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG), the Results Groups, and entities associated with the IASC; and promoting outreach to non-IASC members, including Member States, civil society, and other key actors in the wider humanitarian ecosystem. 

The secretariat has offices both in Geneva and New York. The main office is in Geneva.

Finding our office in Geneva


8-14, avenue de la Paix

1211 Geneva 10
Phone: +41 22 917 1438
Fax: +41 22 917 0020
Email: iasccorrespondence@un.org

As the United Nations does not offer public parking facilities, it is suggested that public transportation be used.

The IASC secretariat in Geneva is located in the S-building of the Palais des Nations which can be accessed through "Pregny Gate" or "Nations Gate".

Pregny Gate: This is the visitors' entry where you will be issued a temporary badge to access the Palais des Nations. Pregny Gate is close to bus stop "Appia" which is served by buses 8, F, V and Z from Geneva central station (Gare Cornavin) and by bus 28 from Geneva airport (Cointrin).

Nations Gate: This is the entrance for those already in possession of a badge for the Palais des Nations. It is located on "Place des Nations" which is served by tram 15 and buses 5, 8, F, V and Z from Geneva central station (Gare Cornavin) and buses 5, 8 and 28 from Geneva airport (Cointrin).

Further information such as itineraries, timetables, fares, etc. is available on the site of the Transports Publics Genevois.

A taxi stand is located on Avenue de la Paix, 25 metres away from the Nations Gate. Taxis are usually available round the clock. You can reserve a taxi via the following telephone number: +41 22 331 4133

Finding our office in New York


1 United Nations Plaza
10017 New York
United States
Phone: +1 212 963 5582
Fax:+1 212 963 1312
Email: iasccorrespondence@un.org

The IASC secretariat in New York is located on DC2 (2 UN Plaza), 12th floor, 44th Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue. As the United Nations does not offer parking facilities, it is suggested that public transportation be used.

Getting to the DC2 Building by subway: Number 4, 5, 6 or 7 trains to Grand Central Station; walk on 46th Street to Madison Avenue.

Getting to the DC2 Building by bus: M15, M27, M42 or M104.

Team in Geneva

Ms. Mervat Shelbaya

           Mervat Shelbaya
Head, IASC secretariat
Office: S-146
Email: shelbaya@un.org
Phone: +41 22 917 7444

Ms. Wendy Cue
Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Office: S-123
Email: cue@un.org
Phone: +41 22 917 5170

Ms. Tanja Schuemer
Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Office: S-132
Email: schuemer@un.org
Phone: +41 22 917 2661

Ms. Cynthia Viveros Cano
Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Office: S-132
Email: viveros-cano@un.org
Phone: +41 22 917 8993

Ms. Isabelle de Muyser-Boucher
Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Office: S-132
Email: demuyser-boucher@un.org
Phone: +41 22 917 3290

Mr. Yasin Samatar
Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Office: S-132
Email: samatar@un.org
Phone: +41 22 917 2282

Ms. Jione Park
Office: S-132
Email: jione.park@un.org
Phone: +41 22 917 1438

Ms. Mirlinda Pasoma
Programme Assistant and Website Manager
Office: S-132
Email: pasoma@un.org
Phone: +41 22 917 1438

Team in New York

Nuhad Al-Alfi
Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Office: DC2-1204
E-mail: al-alfin@un.org 
Phone: +1 212 963 5592
Mobile: +1 917 856 9389

Michelle Hameed
Programme Management Assistant
Office: DC2-1202
E-mail: hameed-janaqi@un.org 
Phone: +1 917 367 3700
Mobile: +1 917 856 9389