On December 19, 2018, the UK Consul General in Erbil Mr. Martyn Warr and DFID Representative to the Kurdistan Region, Ms. Amelia Tuckett paid a visit to the JCC and they were received by Mr. Hoshang Mohamed, the Director General of the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC).
In the meeting, held at the JCC headquarter, both sides discussed a wide range of topics relating to cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil, JCC activities and the current humanitarian and displacement crisis, return of IDPs as well as the priorities and plans of the JCC for the future in regard to the establishment of the Disaster and Crisis Management System in Kurdistan Region.
JCC Director General thanked the UK’s technical and financial assistance since the beginning of the humanitarian crisis as well as the support provided, through the UNDP, to the JCC to enhance the constitutional capacity of the JCC in coordination and management of humanitarian crisis and facilitate the work of the humanitarian partners to respond to the emergencies and supporting the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and refugees.
In the meeting, Mr. Hoshang stressed that the UK’s support have played an effective role in developing JCC’s role in the Kurdistan Region to strengthen internal coordination within the Kurdistan Regional Government stakeholders, the Iraqi federal government, UN agencies and local and international NGOs.
JCC Director General briefed them about the JCC’s plans and efforts as well as the progress made regarding the implementation of Disaster and Crisis Management System in Kurdistan. He also stressed on the importance of having a national plan to cooperate and facilitate the return of the IDPs and stabilizing the liberated areas. He also mentioned the importance of continuation of the UK government’s technical and financial assistance to implement the plans successfully.
Mr. Martyn stated that they are happy with the support that UK has provided and happy with the progress made so far. He stated that they will assess the plans and would consider continuing supporting JCC in different model and mechanism.
The UK, as a one of the main partners, has been a steady supporter of the JCC through UNDP since 2015. It has played an essential and effective role in supporting JCC and the KRG’s efforts to assist the IDPs and refugees in the Kurdistan Region.