National Humanitarian Coordination
NATIONAL HUMANITARIAN CO-ORDINATION
21th Co-ordination Meeting
24th January 2002
1.Overview/update by the
from the President’s Cabinet
3.Overview of the activities of the Macedonian Red Cross and ICRC/IFRC
4.Update by other UN Agencies & Donors
5.Update on UN activities (UNHCR)
6.Update on local NGOs’ activities (NGO humanitarian coordination)
7.Update on international NGOs’ activities (International NGO Council)
1.Overview/update by the
Mr. Cadinovski informed the
meeting that CMC’s representatives, the deputy manager of the Centre,
Stojan Lazev and Mayor Mitre Trajkov would brief the group on CMC
The Chairman emphasized that
in the past two weeks a progress in the firewood, food, and winter
clothing distributions was noticed. IDPs in CCs complained that the
regular medical visits have stopped and they are wondering why.
All agencies were asked to
send regularly their weekly plans to the Ministry of Labour and Social
Policy, which will forwarded them to the Centre for Crisis Management.
Police redeployment is ongoing as planned
and in 10 villages there are preconditions for return. In collaboration
with NATO, OSCE, and EUMM, confidence-building measures are also
undertaken. With regards to the railway line, Radusa-Skopje, the security
situation does not allow yet this line to be restarted.
Yet what is missing in the
sense of overall co-ordination and identification of gaps, is information
on distributions and agencies’ activities in the field. All present
agencies were asked to submit info on a weekly basis.
3.Overview of the activities of
the Macedonian Red Cross and ICRC/IFRC
ICRC informed the group that the first
food distribution for affected people in Skopje region that did not meet
IDP criteria had started. Food and hygiene parcels distribution for IDPs
in CCs is ongoing. Still no information about the missing Macedonians and
Albanians. ICRC will continue to work on this issue.
4.Update on UN activities (OCHA)
UNHCR informed the group that they are
still preparing 2002 plans. The firewood and underwear distribution is
ongoing. The delay in the distribution is due to the bad road conditions
as well as to the problems with the firewood’s suppliers.
Currently assessment of the
needs for restarting of the UNHCR bus lines in some of the conflict
regions is ongoing. In the places where local transport companies are
ready to reestablish the regular bus lines, UNHCR will not continue to
provide bus shuttles.
An open issue remains the
transport on the line Radusa-Skopje.
5.Update by other UN Agencies &
ECHO reported that they are phasing down,
though some of the humanitarian activities are still ongoing. Food
distribution for IDPs in host families is ongoing (implementing partner
InterSos) as well as the food distribution to conflict affected population
(implementing partner-AAH). This month 1,700 persons from 40 villages of
the conflict affected areas (Skopje, Tetovo, and Kumanovo) were covered.
Monitoring of the distributed food and beneficiaries is ongoing in order
to prevent overlapping and double distributions to persons already
registered as IDPs.
The activities in the
agriculture sector are also ongoing, in close coordination with FAO. The
rehabilitation of the schools and ambulanti, committed by ECHO is
almost completed. ECHO will continue to co-ordinate the preparation of the
priority rehabilitation list of schools and ambulanta, with UNICEF, WHO
and responsible Ministries.
WHO continues with its
regular activities. In collaboration with IRC they are providing Primary
Health Care services to the IDPs and returnees in Aracinovo and Kumanovo,
as well as essential drugs in pharmacies in Skopje and Kumanovo. New focal
point for humanitarian related issues in the Ministry of Health is Dr.
UNICEF informed the group that the second phase of the
school kits distribution has started. In total 92 schools in the
conflict-affected regions and schools with great IDP influx will be
covered. The Family Centre in Kumanovo was closed, due to luck of funds,
while the centres in Skopje-Suto Orizari and Tetovo are still running. The
SOS telephone line for psychosocial support is functioning well.
6.Update on local NGOs’
activities (NGO humanitarian coordination)
El Hilal reported that 13 trucks
(12 with food and one with clothing) were distributed as humanitarian
assistance. A truck with medical supplies planned for Tetovo, is expected
to arrive from Ninberg. El Hilal emphasized that so far they haven’t had
any problems with the CMC, but asked once again for the clarification on
the reporting procedure.
The Chairman clarified that
the weekly distribution plans should be submitted to the Ministry of
Labour and Social policy, and then the ministry will forward them to the
OOZM informed the meeting
that on the last local NGO co-ordination meeting the need for additional
information on the humanitarian assistance is needed in order to avoid
overlapping and parallel distributions. Also the possibility of a
mandatory partnership between the local NGOs and international agencies
The Crisis Centre Megasi has
been asking for a new washing machine.
7.Update on international NGOs’ activities
(International NGO Council)
International NGO Council said that in co-ordination with OCHA, a
database on who is doing what will be developed. Last week The NGO Council
had couple of meetings with different ministers, discussing the
transitional phase from relief to development.
Previous Coordination Reports
- 20th Coordinative
meeting [10 Jan 2001]
- 19th Coordinative
meeting [20 Dec 2001]
- 18th Coordinative
meeting [6 Dec 2001]
- 17th Coordinative
meeting [22 Nov 2001]
- 16th Coordinative
meeting [8 Nov 2001]
- 15th Coordinative
meeting [1 Nov 2001]
Coordinative meeting [25 Oct 2001]
- 13th Coordinative meeting
[18 Oct 2001]
Coordinative meeting [26 Sep 2001]
Coordinative meeting [20 Sep 2001]
Coordinative meeting [13 Sep 2001]
Coordinative meeting [6 Sep 2001]
Coordinative meeting [30 Aug 2001]
Coordinative meeting [16 Aug 2001]
Coordinative meeting [8 Aug 2001]
Coordinative meeting [26 Jul 2001]
Coordinative meeting [19 Jul 2001]
Coordinative meeting [11 Jul 2001]