In the margins of Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week from 4th to 8th February 2019, the INSARAG Steering Group (ISG) Closed Meeting was held on Wednesday 6th February from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, and included the participation of Ambassador Manuel Bessler, the Global, Mr. Rudolf Muller, Chief, Emergency Response Support Branch, Regional and Troika Chair members, Working Group Chairs and the INSARAG Secretariat. This ensured a more focused and effective approach to consultations and empowered the Regional Chairs to take greater ownership and convey the feedback from their regions to the decisions and endorsements made at the ISG level. The deliberations were based on the key policy and technical issues that have been consulted upon in all the three regions and team leader meetings of 2018.

These recommendations were then brought forward to the second part, the ISG Open Meeting. Held on Thursday 7th February from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, and included the participation of Ms. Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of Coordination Division, the Global Chair, Regional Chairs and Working Group Chairs represented the ISG in presenting the collective and agreed recommendations to the wider participants of the ISG – including 166 participants from member states and organizations, INSARAG classified teams representatives, partners and the HNPW network participants.

On 5th of February, Ms. Ursula Mueller met with the DG Ming Zhao from the Ministry of Emergency Management and delegation. Ms. Mueller stated that China is a leader in responding to natural disasters.


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  Background documents:

2020 INSARAG Global Meeting - Concept Note

- Annex to the Matrix

- Concept Note - " Beyond Operations in Collapses Structures Dual-Use Concept

- Concept Note - "INSARAG Strategic Objectives 2020-2025"

- Concept Note - "Strengthening  Partnerships"

- Concept Paper - Technical Reference Library Draft

- ENG ISG Chairman Summary 2018

- ISRI Guide

- INSARAG 2019 Calendar version 130219

- INSARAG_Snapshot 2018

- ISG 2019 Decision Matrix v240119

- Latest INSARAG IER Checklist 2019

- Medical Guidance Note defining USAR Medicine INSARAG MWG Version 2018

- ISG 2019 Agenda Closed Meeting

- ISG 2019 Agenda Open Meeting

- Powerpoint presentation ISG 2019 Open Meeting