On January 31, 2019, the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC), in collaboration with the UN OCHA held its quarterly Humanitarian Coordination Forum in Erbil to discuss the current humanitarian situation in the Kurdistan Region.
The meeting focused on the humanitarian needs and challenges as well as the funding issues for the displaced people, critical gaps and the humanitarian response plans for 2019 to ensure well-coordinated efforts to support the IDPs and refugees in the Region. The meeting also discussed situation in the camps and winterization needs.
JCC Director General Hoshang Mohamed at the beginning of the meeting, updated the participants about humanitarian situation in the Kurdistan Region as well as the number of IDPs and refugees inside and outside of the camps as well as the number of returnees and the newly displaced people.
Director General thanked all sides for their continued support in dealing with the humanitarian crisis, stating that the KRG would continue to provide all the assistance and facilitate the work of the partners providing support for the displaced people. He also highlighted the cooperation and coordination between JCC, JCMC and other federal ministries.
He urged the UN agencies and NGOs to continue their support to the displaced people in the camps and outside camps until those people have the opportunity and conditions permit to return to their areas of origin.
Mr. Aidan Oleary, Head of OCHA, highlighted their efforts to support the displaced people and reiterated the commitment of the UN Country Team to continue supporting the IDPs and refugees, meanwhile stressed on the importance of safe, voluntary and dignified return of the displaced people to their homes.
During the meeting, the UN-Agencies, and clusters coordinators gave updates about their activities and projects. They also highlighted the gaps, needs and the services already provided to the IDPs. Directors of the Crisis Response Offices in the governorates provided updates on the humanitarian situation in their respected governorates and illustrated gaps and challenges.
The HCF is chaired by the Director General of the JCC and Co-chaired by Head of OCHA and attended by Senior Representatives of the KRG’s Ministry of Municipalities, and Directors of JCC offices in Erbil, Slemani and Duhok, Representatives and Regional Coordinators of the UN-Agencies and Clusters.