NATIONAL HUMANITARIAN CO-ORDINATION
1. General overview
Augustino Mulas, UNHCR - represented the new Head of UN OCHA Office Ms. Zola Dowell. He stressed that if needed UNHCR will support Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in IDPs displacement from the dormitories for children with special needs. UNHCR shelter and food assessment activities are ongoing.
Patrick Tillet -UNMAS- represented Mr. Sandy Powell, Head of UN Mine Action Office, situated in UNICEF Office. He briefed the meeting that ITF (International Trust Fund, Slovenia) will send one de-mining team and asked everybody if they have any mine related information to share with them in order to improve co-ordination and establish a database.
Elke Wisch, UNICEF -UNICEF
invited all present organizations that are planing educational activities
to co-ordinate with them. UNICEF considered the lack of freedom of movement
and the UXOs to be treated them as two major problems that should be addressed.
UNICEF noted that children with special needs can not be hosted in the
dormitories: Ranka Milanovic, Dimitar Vlahov and 25th of May, because
they are still occupied by IDPs.
Boris Rebac, WHO- briefed that WHO and UNHCR visited Ljubanci and Ljuboten, where great number of dead animals were noticed. In their opinion Ministry of Health in collaboration with The Republic Hygiene Inspectors should do an assessment and take measures accordingly. WHO shares UNICEF consideration regarding the low immunization rates among IDP children and will co-operate with Ministry of Health in finding solution for this problem.
Aldo Biondi, ECHO - presented
summary table of the on-going ECHO-funded projects. Mr. Biondi asked a
correction to be made in the last meeting minutes where it is stated that:
In order to cope with the increased number of IDPs and their food needs,
ECHO mobilized additional 7,000 000 Euro. The total ECHO operational budget
was 7,000 000 Euro. Total of 4,45 million Euro (64% of the operational
budget) were for projects addressing vulnerable population, while 36%
of the operational budget, 2,55 million Euro were located for the assistance
to the victims of the crisis (food needs mostly).
Jane Pear, WFP- informed the meeting that the food needs assessment which they are conducting in collaboration with Action Against Hunger, was on-going in Skopje's area. She also informed everybody that the announced 1,200 metric tonnes of food have arrived.
Abdurauf Prusi, El Hilal-
NGO Humanitarian Coordination - informed the meeting about certain number
of Albanians from the Lipkovo region that wanted to visit their houses
and asked a convoy to be organized for that purpose.
Reto Stoker, ICRC - informed the meeting that three weeks ago ICRC had launched the mine awareness programme. He also informed the meeting that last week, in collaboration with MRC, they had stopped the registration of new IDPs as there are no more conflicts and soon will start with the de-registration process.