UNDP and UNICEF to promote emergency preparedness amongst children in Iraq
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are joining efforts to conduct child-centric advocacy and promote school-based preparedness along the Tigris River flood path in Iraq. The two sister agencies signed a partnership agreement in this regard in Baghdad.
UNDP Country Director for Iraq, Mr. Mounir Tabet, said:
“We are pleased to work closely with UNICEF to maximize emergency preparedness in Iraq where needed most. Awareness amongst children is key to their safety and helps to build resilience of their communities in the long run.”
UNICEF Representative in Iraq, Mr. Peter Hawkins, said:
“Investing in child-centered disaster risk reduction can save lives. Together with UNDP, we will work to involve children in finding solutions and making decisions that will help them shape their own security and therefore, their future.”
In the coming weeks, UNDP and UNICEF will launch an advocacy campaign engaging selected school authorities in the preparation of a local evacuation plan. Furthermore, they will make arrangements for a number of schools to serve as temporary evacuation centres in consultation with respective authorities.
With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNDP has been supporting the Government of Iraq in emergency preparedness related to Mosul Dam. UNDP is also working closely with the National Operation Centre of the Office of the Prime Minister, Civil Defense, and Ministries of Water Resources and Health and Environment, in addition to respective Governorates, in order to build capacities and systems to promote national preparedness and community risk awareness.(Source: UNDP)