A letter submitted by the Social & Human Working Group considering disparities in support of Working Group members was submitted to the Council in 2018 for discussion at Polar2018. To address the issues presented in the letter it was decided to send out a survey on how IASC Working Group and Council members are selected and supported.
All 23 IASC member countries provided responses to the survey. The results – including both the most common responses as well as unique answers and anecdotes – are provided here. This report also aims to build norms within the IASC community, and so common responses and best practices are specifically highlighted. It is intentionally brief to facilitate its uptake. IASC member countries are asked to take these best practices back to their countries for consideration in order to build more equality and engagement in IASC.