IASC Principals are the heads of all IASC member agencies or their representatives.

They meet twice a year in conferences chaired by the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Mr. Mark Lowcock, usually in April and December. For urgent matters, the IASC Principals can schedule ad hoc meetings.

»  Responsibilities of IASC Principals:

  • making strategic and policy decisions which have system-wide implications;
  • endorsing major operational decisions, particularly with respect to implementation of the Transformative Agenda (TA);
  • arbitration where no consensus can be reached at the Working Group or Emergency Directors levels;
  • advocating common humanitarian principles, collectively or individually, on behalf of the IASC;
  • approving the general work programme of the IASC, the WG, and the EDG;
  • bringing issues to the attention of the Secretary-General and the Security Council, through the ERC; and
  • designating Humanitarian Coordinators and selecting coordination arrangements.

The Emergency Relief Coordinator, supported by the IASC secretariat, consults IASC member agencies on the agenda for IASC Principals Meetings.

IASC Principals meeting, 3 December, hosted by ICRC

IASC Principals meeting, May 2018, hosted by UNICEF

Upcoming Meetings

(All day)

Past Meetings


Mark Lowcock

Mr. Mark Lowcock

Emergency Relief Coordinator

Full Members

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

David Beasley

Mr. David Beasley

Executive Director
Henrietta H. Fore

Ms. Henrietta H. Fore

Executive Director and Champion on SEA and SHA
Filippo Grandi

Mr. Filippo Grandi

High Commissioner

Mr. Daniel J. Gustafson

Deputy Director-General (Programmes)
Natalia Kanem

Dr. Natalia Kanem

Executive Director
Ursula Mueller

Ms. Ursula Mueller

Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator
Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Executive Director
Achim Steiner

Mr. Achim Steiner

UNDP Administrator
António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino

Mr. António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino


Standing Invitees

Mr. Elhadj As Sy

Secretary General
Michelle Bachelet

Ms. Michelle Bachelet

High Commissioner

Mr. Yves Daccord

Mark Goldring

Mr. Mark Goldring

CEO Oxfam GB /Representing SCHR
Cecilia Jimenez-Damary

Ms. Cecilia Jimenez-Damary

SR on HR of IDPs
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin

Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships
Anoop Sukumaran

Mr. Anoop Sukumaran

Chair, ICVA Board

Mr. Sam Worthington

President and CEO