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Frequently Asked Questions: The COVAX Humanitarian Buffer

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Frequently Asked Questions: The COVAX Humanitarian Buffer This FAQ document has been prepared by the IASC Working Group on COVID-19 vaccines that was tasked by the IASC Emergency Directors Group to work with Gavi on the establishment of the COVAX humanitarian buffer.
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IASC Members Ring the Warning Bells: Famine Risk in 2021

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  Photograph by Giles Clarke/Getty Images Reportage According to the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), over 34 million people around the world are facing emergency levels of acute food insecurity (Integrated Food Insecurity Phase Classification (IPC) 4).
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Statement by Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on Gender-Based Violence in Tigray region of Ethiopia

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"We call on all State and non-State parties to the conflict to fulfil their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law; ensure their forces respect and protect civilian populations, particularly women and children, from all human rights abuses; explicitly condemn all sexual violence; and take action to bring perpetrators to justice where abuses do occur."
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IASC Operational Guidance on Data Responsibility in Humanitarian Action

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Data responsibility is paramount as the humanitarian system collects and shares more data than ever before. Just as the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing humanitarian crises, it has also increased our reliance on digital technologies and timely data.
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IASC 2021 New Year Video

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We will face many challenges in 2021, but together we can take action to help those who need us most.  Hear from Mr. Mark Lowcock, the Under-Secretary-General of Humanitarian Affairs and IASC Emergency Relief Coordinator, was joined by Mr. David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP, Ms. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA, and Ms. Sofia Sprechmann Sineiro, Secretary-General of Care International in the 2021 New Year’s message from the IASC. View the full video here:
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Global Humanitarian Overview 2021

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The Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) is the world’s most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based assessment of humanitarian need. Through plans that prioritize those most in need, it aims to fight hunger, killer diseases, gender-based violence and displacement. In 2021, 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection. View the full abridged report for more information on current humanitarian trends.   
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New Product - Issue paper: Exploring peace within the Humanitarian-Development- Peace Nexus (HDPN)

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The issue paper contributes to inter-agency reflections on what the Peace component of the HDPN might and can look like, with an emphasis on the possible engagement pathways along a peace spectrum within humanitarian action. This paper outlines how humanitarian actors can ensure context and conflict analysis and conflict-sensitivity in their own programming. The paper also provides clarity on the full spectrum of peace actions to contribute to improving the complementarity, coordination and/or collaboration between humanitarian, development and peace actions.    
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IASC Key Protection Advocacy Messages - COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating protection concerns in humanitarian crises and exposing vulnerable populations to new threats. Protection clusters are reporting an increase in cases of violence, including a ‘shadow pandemic’ of Gender Based violence (GBV), forced displacement, a rise in xenophobia and stigmatization, alongside discrimination in access to health, food, water, education and legal services for vulnerable and marginalized groups.
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Statement by Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), Racism and Racial Discrimination in the Humanitarian Sector

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Many of our staff have been affected directly or indirectly by manifestations of racism and racial discrimination. It is incumbent upon us to examine and address racism and racial discrimination within our own organizations and in the humanitarian sector, including by expanding diversity at all levels in our workplaces, and fostering more inclusive and diverse ways of working.