DRCU Annual Progress Report presented
On 16 February 2021, the council of the Disaster Response Coordination Unit (DRCU), co-chaired by Minister of Emergency Situations and the UN Resident Coordinator in the Kyrgyz Republic, gathered in Bishkek to discuss the results of the COVID-19 Response and Early Recovery Plan for the period of March – December 2020.
In his welcome words, Minister of Emergency Situations Boobek Ajikeev thanked the international partners for the support in the COVID-19 response and noted the importance of further improving coordination and monitoring of the collective efforts.
Andrea Bagnoli, WFP Representative, who spoke on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator Ozonnia Ojielo, noted the COVID-19 Response and Early Recovery Plan was endorsed by the Government in June 2020. Through this plan the DRCU prioritized and leveraged a comprehensive support across six priority sectors Education, Food Security and Logistics, Health, Protection, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, and Non-Food Items, Early Recovery. Mr Bagnoli noted that the sector approach helped to ensure coherent and effective response, avoid duplication for the mobilization of the government and international organizations, UN Agencies, Programmes and Funds, NGOs to respond and leverage in the strategic manner that closes gap, increase predictability, strengthen capacity of humanitarian actors across all key areas of humanitarian activity and emergency. Together we were able to mobilize about 74 million USD.
DRCU response to the pandemic was completed and the rest of the activities were transferred to the annual plan of the organizations and the UN join work plan. DRCU will continue to monitor the situation and work to ensure preparedness and immediate response in case of need. Mr Bagnoli thanked the Government, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and other ministries, DRCU sector leads, including ACTED, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, the Kyrgyz Red Crescent Society, FAO, WFP, OHCHR.
The sector leads presented the key achievements, key challenges as well as lessons learnt. Please read the full report here.
The DRCU was activated on 16 March 2020 following the request of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. The DRCU was established in 2008 to enhance cooperation and coordination between the Government, UN, Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and other key actors for adequate and effective humanitarian response to emergency situations.