8 July 2014 - The national Interagency Coordination Headquarters for affairs related to social welfare of individuals moving from the antiterrorist operation (ATO) areas is organizing cooperation with the international community concerning the possibility of providing humanitarian aid to internally displaced persons in the territory of Ukraine. On 7 July, a meeting was held at the State Service of Ukraine for Emergencies between representatives of the UN System agencies and representatives of the Interagency Coordination Headquarters where the parties discussed a mechanism of their interaction.

 

8 July 2014 - The national Interagency Coordination Headquarters for affairs related to social welfare of individuals moving from the antiterrorist operation (ATO) areas is organizing cooperation with the international community concerning the possibility of providing humanitarian aid to internally displaced persons in the territory of Ukraine.

On 7 July, a meeting was held at the State Service of Ukraine for Emergencies between representatives of the UN System agencies and representatives of the Interagency Coordination Headquarters where the parties discussed a mechanism of their interaction.

At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Vasyl Stoetskyi, Deputy SSE Chair and the Interagency Coordination Headquarters head, reported that, due to the Headquarters’ efforts, about 40 thousand people had already been removed from Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts and settled since the ATO start. The largest numbers of those individuals have been currently accommodated in Kyiv, Kyiv oblast, Zaporizhia oblast, Kharkiv oblast, Odesa oblast, and Dnipropetrovsk oblast. According to local executive authorities, about 3 thousand additional premises have been prepared in the regions for the temporary residence of the above-mentioned individuals.

‘Today, we have opened three transit stations for meeting the people moving from the ATO areas: in Luhansk oblast – in Svatovo; in Donetsk oblast – in Krasnoarmiisk; at the border with Kharkiv oblast – in Barvinkovo. About 400 in-patient beds have been provided at each of the stations. Another 300 places for accommodation have been prepared in hostels and schools. In addition to assisting with removal of the individuals from the ATO areas, the rescuers provide humanitarian aid. In particular, yesterday the SSE units delivered 35 tons of food products to Slovyansk. The today’s meeting launches a new phase of the dialogue between the Interagency Coordination Headquarters and the UN officials to identify urgent and future problems in social welfare for the people moving from the ATO areas’, Vasyl Stoetskyi said.alt

Mr. Marcel Vaessen, Head of the Regional Office for Caucasus and Central Asia at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, noted in turn that the international system of preparedness and response provides for establishment of specific sectors headed by the UN agencies and including various organizations that provide humanitarian aid. The sectors work in areas such as education, health care, provision of livelihoods and early restoration means, water supply, food programme, housing, etc. The UN agencies coordinating the sectors’ work are willing to cooperate with the Ukrainian ministries in the specific areas and provide assistance in response to an official request from the Ukrainian Government.

To provide necessary humanitarian aid, the Government should first and foremost decide what exactly urgent assistance it needs from the international community. We recommend that each of the ministries involved should appoint a contact person who would directly cooperate with representatives of the sectors and outline what kind of assistance their respective agency needs. In this process, it is important to ensure full information for the donor community to get necessary support’, Marcel Vaessen pointed out.

In the course of the meeting, representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the State Migration Service agreed with the UN system officials on close cooperation to support the internally displaced persons.