JCC agrees on action priorities for effective crises management and emergency response in Kurdistan

May 18, 2016

Participants discussing the promotion and facilitation of a unified government approach to crisis management and emergency response. Photo: UNDP Iraq/2016

Erbil- The Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) convened a two-day conference on 17 and18 May in Erbil, bringing together more than 60 representatives of government institutions and offices. Initiated by the JCC and endorsed by the Council of Ministers, the conference consolidated action priorities to improve coordination, build domestic expertise and enhance efficiency in resource mobilization and utilization for effective crises management and emergency response.

In his opening remarks, Minister of Interior, H.E. Mr. Karim Sinjari, stressed that “an early and well-coordinated response to a crisis can save lives and minimize harm and economic loss on society”. He further recognized the conference as an opportunity for dialogue and formulation of a joint action plan amongst key government institutions, with the aim of strengthening the KRG’s leadership in managing current and future crises. 

In turn, Minister and Head of Foreign Relations Department of KRG, H.E. Mr. Falah Mustafa, underscored: “The KRG is in continued need of international support to manage the complex crisis affecting the Region. It is our responsibility to ensure that the request for assistance is based on reliable information and a credible analysis of the crisis and its consequences. This is where the JCC can and has played a prominent role in consolidating information and sharing it with all relevant government offices, including the Foreign Relations Department.”

Over two days of dynamic discussions, the conference participants agreed on a package of action priorities for the government to overcome critical barriers to efficiency. This package would be consolidated within a joint action plan for all involved government entities and submitted to the Council of Ministers for endorsement in the near future.

UNDP Acting Country Director, Mr. Sultan Hajiyev, said: “The Kurdistan Region has an innate ability to withstand and recover from shocks. However, effective crisis management and timely institutional response remain of paramount importance for maintained resilience and stability in the Region and in the country in general.“

The conference marked a significant milestone in the JCC efforts to promote and facilitate a unified, structured and effective government approach to crisis management and emergency response. UNDP remains committed to providing both the JCC and the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center (JCMC) of the Government of Iraq with the necessary support that is made possible by a generous contribution from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (Dfid).

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