First ever crisis coordination and disaster preparedness centre in Kurdistan

May 17, 2015

The Kurdistan Ministry of Interior today launched its Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC), which was established in Erbil in January. Several international donor partners and the United Nations extended support to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to build an institutional response and coordination capacity not only to the on-going humanitarian and development crisis in Iraq, but also to future man-made and natural disasters in an ‘all hazards’ approach. 

“The United Nations stands by the Iraqi government and KRG to build their technical capacity to respond to humanitarian crises, as government’s oversight of humanitarian aid is critical to ensure long term equitable services to all affected people,” the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Lise Grande said. “Emergencies can happen at any time or place, preparedness means taking steps to strengthen the institutions, people and business resilience to humanitarian emergencies and any future man-made or natural hazards,” she added.

The centre’s main functions include the collection and analysis of information through continuous monitoring, research and follow-up about all crises and humanitarian developments; policy advice to enable the government to take strategic decisions, manage and mobilize resources; and, the coordination of the crisis response among relevant ministries, departments, the international community and non-government organizations.

Development partners such as the United Kingdom (through DfID), Japan and Canada have supported the creation of the crisis coordination centre. The Kurdistan Ministry of Interior, which supervises its functions and duties, has formed a collaboration network with several international agencies to further develop the operational capacity of the centre.

With the UN Development Programme (UNDP) leading the effort, the United Nations provides technical assistance; this includes continuous critical support from the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), UNICEF and UN OCHA. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has seconded its technical expertise in civil protection and preparedness through facilitation and funding from UNDP.

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