By IDA

 - December 10, 2018

On 10-11 December 2018 in Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, a workshop is being held to review the second draft of the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action.

The workshop aims to receive feedback on the content of the draft Guidelines from members of the IASC Task Team on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, to support the next phase of the Guidelines’ development.

IASC Task Team during consultation in Geneva

Aims of the 2-day workshop

The discussion will be structured around a two-day consultation and validation workshop with the following aims:

  • Provide a review of the content of the IASC Guidelines draft 2, reflecting on its feasibility, applicability and usability with regard to the humanitarian sector/contexts.
  • Discuss the relevance of the content, its potential to be implemented and sustained in the field and assess the likelihood of its use 

IASC Tas Team, December 2018, Geneva

CONTEXT 

In 2016, the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Working Group agreed to the establishment of a Task Team (“Task Team”) on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, mandated to create IASC Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. The Task Team membership spans UN agencies, humanitarian actors, NGOs and organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and includes Member States as observers. The Task Team is led by three co-chairs: International Disability Alliance, UNICEF and Humanity & Inclusion. 

Further details on the Task Team, including Terms of Reference and Work Plan, can be found on the IASC website.

The IASC Guidelines will assist humanitarian actors, governments, affected communities, organizations of persons with disabilities and other stakeholders to coordinate, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate essential actions which aim to foster the effectiveness, appropriateness, accessibility and efficiency of humanitarian action, resulting in the full and effective participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities and changing practice across all sectors and in all phases of humanitarian action.

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