The system-wide emergency activation - COVID-19
IASC System-Wide Scale-Up Protocols - Adapted to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic activated for six months from 17 April 2020.
IASC System-Wide Scale-Up Protocols - Adapted to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic extended until 17 January 2021.
L3 activated on 15 January 2013
L3 extended until end of August 2017
Large-scale disasters have led the IASC to reform the humanitarian response system. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the IASC launched the Humanitarian Reform around coordination, leadership, humanitarian financing and partnership. Emergency capacity has been reinforced but challenges remained. Following the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods in 2010, the IASC launched the Transformative Agenda in December 2011, setting the parameters for improved collective response to major humanitarian crises.
On 4 April 2019, the Emergency Relief Coordinator circulated the IASC Protocol for scaling-up the humanitarian response to infectious disease events following the endorsement of the IASC principals. In addition to major humanitarian crises triggered by natural disasters or conflicts, infectious disease events, including outbreaks, can result in a Humanitarian System-wide Scale-Up activation (i.e. ‘Scale-Up activation’) to ensure a more effective response.
As of the 20th November, following circulation by the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock, the IASC Humanitarian System-Wide Scale-Up protocols replace the 2012 IASC Humanitarian System-Wide Emergency Activation (“L3 Response”) with immediate effect.The key documents are: