IASC Principals Meeting, 3 December 2018, Summary
The latest meeting of the Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) took place on 3 December in Geneva. The meeting focused on a horizon scanning session where the Principals discussed key countries of concern and efforts to strengthen the humanitarian response to meet the most urgent needs on the ground. A statement was published by the IASC Principals on the humanitarian situation in Yemen, in which they called for a sustained cessation of hostilities and unimpeded access to people in need, as well as urging support for, and engagement in, the peace talks brokered by the United Nations in Sweden.
The IASC Principals also discussed practical efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and sexual harassment and abuse of aid workers (SH). The meeting was joined by Ms. Jane Connors, the United Nations Victims’ Rights Advocate. In culmination of a broad discussion, the IASC Principals endorsed the IASC Champion on SEA and SH’s strategy and an associated proposal for accelerating implementation of priority actions at country-level.