NATIONAL HUMANITARIAN CO-ORDINATION
1.Overview/update by the
1.Overview/update by the Chair
The Chair was sorry that again representatives from the Ministries, Governmental Crisis Management Body and International Organisations were not able to attend this meeting, but efforts will be made that all invited attend next meeting, because co-ordination of the humanitarian activities is really a necessity. It was suggested this meeting to be held every second week.
The Chair expressed his gratitude to all organisations active in the shelter sector and house repair, and all others that through humanitarian assistance brought relief in IDPsí everyday life.
He reminded present organisations that winter clothing and heating are still urgent issues that need to be addressed. Firewood and heating oil for IDPs hosted in families and in CCs should be obtained as soon as possible. UNHCR has promised to distribute stoves and fire woods for some of the CCs in Kumanovo, while UNDP will fund rehabilitation of the heating systems in the CCs: Olimpisko Selo, Skopje; Kristal and Dolno Konjari, Kumanovo; and Titovi pioneri, Dojran.
the Presidentís Cabinet
3.Overview of the activities of
the Macedonian Red Cross and ICRC/IFRC
The regular distribution of food and hygiene parcels is on going. In the November food distribution, diary products from the state war reserves were included but only for IDPs in Skopje.
ICRC continues with their regular humanitarian activities and last week they assisted 21,000 persons from the conflict affected areas. Once again the problem with the first registration criteria was stressed, as well as the differences between the different categorizations (IMG and UNHCR). This issue will be discussed with the UNHCR Shelter Coordinator.
Last week ICRC visited Sipkovica and Tetovo, where regardless the ICRCís explanation that they donít have mandate to take care of the social cases, the municipalitiesí mayors asked for humanitarian assistance of the social cases.
The Chair said that that the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy will prepare a official letter to the mayors of these two municipalities emphasizing that persons in need of assistance should contact the local brunches of the Ministry.
4.Update on UN activities (OCHA)
UNHCR continues with its shelter program in the area of Skopska Crna Gora. Distribution of the firewood in the conflict-affected areas has started. New bus line was established on the route Grusino-Skopje.
UNMAS continues with the de-mine activities. In Alasavce two teams are working on the road, while another two teams are working in the Radusa and Slupcane and Opae in Kumanovo region.
As to the provision of winter clothing, there is a matrix prepared with all activities undertaken, available upon request.
5.Update by other UN Agencies
An information IDP leaflet regarding the available humanitarian assistance will be distributed in Skopje. Another information leaflet will be prepared for IDPs in Kumanovo and Tetovo.
In conjunction with the Ministry of Transport and Communication, 15 WES projects were approved and will be conducted until the end of 2001, while another 10 are planned to be implement next year.
UNDP informed the meeting that they would finance upgrading of the heating systems in 4 CCs: Olimpisko selo, Skopje; Kristal and Dolno Konjari, Kumanovo; and Titovi Pioneri, Dojran. UNDP emphasized that they will only finance the repairs, but not the provision of heating oil for the above mentioned CCs.
6.Update on local NGOsí
activities (MCIC and El Hilal)
The Chair appealed to all present organizations to enhance the winter clothing and firewood distribution.