National Humanitarian Coordination no. 9


9th Co-ordination Meeting
13th September 2001


1. General overview
2. Problems

Mr. Boge Cadinovski briefed all the present representatives on last week's activities. Food distribution was conducted as planned, but some villages in the conflict areas were not included. Mr. Cadinovski informed everybody about the meeting held with UNHCR on which repairs of the Collective Centres and the provision of winter clothing were discussed.


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.
The vulnerability assessment data collection was finished and data would be proceed in the upcoming days.

The psychosocial working group was establishing mobile teams, SOS line and was in process of preparation of an info leaflet for IDPs. UNICEF met the National Immunization Commission, Ministry of Health, and were informed about the low immunization rate among the displaced children.

UNICEF WES expert was closely collaborating with UNHCR and IMG for the WES damage assessment.

The announced textbook distribution by UNICEF will take place as soon as the Ministry of Education gives them the total number of IDP children.

Ms. Wish informed the meeting that next day, Friday, UNICEF will open an office for the local NGOs that are working in children rights and protection.

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).

Mr. Biondi asked this information to be shared with the Governmental Crisis Management Co-ordinative Body in order to have overview of the ECHO activities. He clarified that ECHO is a humanitarian instrument of the European Commission that operates through implementing partners (e.g. International and/or Local Organizations) and ECHO never offers budgetary support.

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.

He asked UNICEF to co-ordinate with other organizations that intend to distribute free textbooks so that overlapping is avoided and different children's needs are addressed.

Dragi Zmijanac, The First Children's Embassy -Megjasi - stressed that displaced children need much more than just food and textbooks in order to feel comfortable. They also need warm clothing and shoes.


Follow up activities for issues from the previous meeting

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.

New Issues

  • The Chairman reminded everybody that the autumn is closing in and asked winter-clothing to be provided for IDPs.

  • Abdurauf Prusi, El Hilal- NGO Humanitarian Coordination asked MRC if it is possible to prepare a list of the so far distributed humanitarian assistance so that the other local NGOs can have an overview.

Previous Coordination Reports

  • 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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