First ever crisis coordination and disaster preparedness centre in Kurdistan
The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Interior has inaugurated its Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC), mandated by the Council of Ministers in January 2015.
Several international donor partners and the United Nations extended support to the 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.
H.E. Karim Sinjari, Minister of Interior of the KRG welcomed the guests by saying: “Today I am very pleased to finally welcome our key international partners and jointly inaugurate the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre.”
The Minister continued by emphasizing that every minute counts when a crisis strikes, and that therefore an immediate, coordinated and pre-planned response saves lives. “The centre has been exactly established for this purpose, to enable the KRG and its Ministries, Governorates as well as international partners to respond to the current overwhelming humanitarian emergency and future natural and man-made crises in a timely and efficient manner,” he said.
Minister Sinjari also thanked the UN agencies and other key partners, including the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), Government of Japan, UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), for technical and financial assistance that has been provided to the establishment of the Centre.