National Humanitarian Coordination no. 22

NATIONAL HUMANITARIAN CO-ORDINATION

22th Co-ordination Meeting
7th February 2002

Agenda

1.Overview/update by the Chair
2.Overview of the activities of the Macedonian Red Cross and ICRC/IFRC
3.Update by other UN Agencies & Donors
4.Update on UN activities (UNHCR)
5.Update on local NGOsí activities (MCIC, Natura )
6.Update on international NGOsí activities (International NGO Council)
AOB

1.Overview/update by the Chairman
Mr. Cadinovski emphasised that Crises Management Centre should be informed about all humanitarian activities. All present agencies were asked to increase their activities towards provision of the necessary conditions for IDPsí return.

Police redeployment is going as planned and in 19 villages the police established 24h presence.

2.Overview of the activities of the Macedonian Red Cross and ICRC/IFRC
ICRC informed the group that food distribution for "micro-displaced" in Skopje region was completed, while in Tetovo region started last Monday. This programme is covering estimated 4,000 affected people that did not meet IDP criteria, but are still in need of assistance.

Distribution of hygiene parcels and food for IDPs in CCs is ongoing. ICRC is closely following the situation in villages in Skopska Crna Gora, where distribution of food enough for three months, was done before the winter. In case of need, another food distribution will be done.

3.Update on UN activities (OCHA)
OCHA
informed the meeting about the ongoing process of defining the framework for the transitional phase from relief to development. In this process representatives of the UN agencies, donors, international Council of NGOs are involved, with an idea for further involvement of local partners too.

UNHCR continues with its regular activities: firewood and underwear distribution for IDPs and conflict affected population. Also in the collaboration with its implementing partners and EAR, is working on new house damage assessment and plan for house repair for damaged houses cat1&2.

4.Update by other UN Agencies & Donors
UNICEF informed the group that the Japanese Government is interested in rehabilitation of damaged schools in the conflict- affected regions. UNICEF had given the applications to all schools in the crises areas.

The Chairman noted that Ministry of Education should be also informed regarding this issue.

UNDP briefly presented the projects, three, that will be implemented with Italian Government funding. One project is already in an implementation phase, while the second one, animal feed distribution with CRIC as implementing partner, will start next week.

The third project will be focused on creation of the necessary conditions for IDPs return in Tetovo region, with Movimondo as implementing partner.

UNMAO informed the group that out of the planned six ITF teams to continue de-mine activities, only three teams will return in the country because of luck of funds. The proposal given to the Government for including two additional international clearance teams is still open.

Training of the Macedonian teams (15 members) in Slovenia will be held according the plan.

WFP reported that distribution of food for the refugees is now UNHCR responsibility. WFP gave to UNHCR food supplies enough for the next 6 months.

However WFP will still maintain its coordinating role in the food sector, as well as monitoring of food distribution.

ECHO reported the food distribution for IDPs in host families is ongoing (implementing partner InterSos) as well as the food distribution to conflict affected population in Skopje, Kumanovo and Tetovo (implementing partner-AAH). ECHO continues with its activity in the agriculture sector in close co-ordination with FAO and currently an assessment of the livestock needs is ongoing.

ECHO informed the group that last week The Committee for Humanitarian Aid in Brussels, approved ECHOís 2002 budget worth 3 million

ECHO will continue to co-ordinate the preparation of the priority rehabilitation list of schools and ambulanta, with UNICEF, WHO and responsible Ministries.

IOM informed the meeting about their confidence building programme that was already started and for better implementation of the project offices in Skopje, Kocani, Kicevo, Bitola and Tetovo were opened.

5.Update on local NGOsí activities (MCIC, Natura)
MCIC briefed the group on its new project for fruit distribution. Each month they will distribute 15kg of oranges per family for IDPs in CCs and host families.

"Natura" informed the meeting about the last local NGOs humanitarian meeting were more active collaboration between local and international NGOs was discussed. It was also concluded that there is a still need of food and animal feed. It was emphasized that IDPs from Kumanovo (villages of Tanusevci, Brest, Gosince) are in host families that are social cases and need assistance badly.

6.Update on international NGOsí 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 attended the local NGO humanitarian coordination meeting for information and strengthening of the collaboration purposes.

AOB
None.


Previous Coordination Reports

  • 21th Coordinative meeting [24 Jan 2002]
  • 20th Coordinative meeting [10 Jan 2002]
  • 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]
  • 14th Coordinative meeting [25 Oct 2001]
  • 13th Coordinative meeting [18 Oct 2001]
  • 11th Coordinative meeting [26 Sep 2001]
  • 10th Coordinative meeting [20 Sep 2001]
  • 9th Coordinative meeting [13 Sep 2001]
  • 8th Coordinative meeting [6 Sep 2001]
  • 7th Coordinative meeting [30 Aug 2001]
  • 5th Coordinative meeting [16 Aug 2001]
  • 4th Coordinative meeting [8 Aug 2001]
  • 3rd Coordinative meeting [26 Jul 2001]
  • 2nd Coordinative meeting [19 Jul 2001]
  • 1st Coordinative meeting [11 Jul 2001]
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