For more than twenty years, the United Nations Security Council, regional organizations and Member States have adopted measures to prevent resources from being made available to groups considered ‘terrorist’, or from contributing to the pursuit of terrorist purposes.
The objective of this common narrative is to facilitate consistent messaging among IASC members during upcoming climate events in 2021. To this end, the common narrative has served as basis for the video submitted by 12 IASC organizations to the Climate Adaptation Summit as a prerecorded side event, which was shared widely via social media by the humanitarian and wider climate community in early 2021.
IASC Results Group 3 on Collective Advocacy met on 2 February 2021 to discuss (i) Counterterrorism update, Ansarallah designation in Yemen, and briefing on solutions paper; (ii); Climate change sub-group update, i.e. Climate Adaptation Summit outcomes, and update on charter consultations; (iii) Integration of protection in RG3 workstreams; (iv) local actor inclusion in RG3.
These messages address the growing food security concerns in the context of humanitarian action and COVID-19, as discussed by the Principals. The objective of these key messages is to facilitate consistent messaging on issues related to food security among IASC members, who are encouraged to tailor these messages to their specific target audiences.
The IASC duty of care minimum standards guide IASC members and standing invitees (hereinafter ‘the IASC organizations') in the implementation of adequate duty of care provisions in the context of COVID-19 for all of their personnel regardless of nationality and contractual type.
These are intended to supplement a more detailed set of key messages which are being produced by the group and which are intended to cover the humanitarian impacts of climate change, including how these impact different groups in vulnerable situations, and different types of needs and sectors, as well as more detailed recommendations on reducing climate change driven humanitarian needs. These are deliberately intended to be short and to address issues specifically related to COVID-19 and climate change and not the broader spectrum of climate change related humanitarian concerns.
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.
The IASC Results Group 3 on Collective Advocacy convened on 5 May 2020 to discuss the following agenda: (i) Collective advocacy and COVID-19; (ii) Update on Results Group 3 Workplan; and (iii) Upcoming OPAG meeting. The following is a brief summary of the discussion and action points agreed at the meeting.
Key recommendations from a desk review of main articles and papers (from 2011 to 2019) on the impact of counter-terrorism legislation and measures on principled humanitarian assistance conducted by the RG3 Subgroup on Counter-terrorism.