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CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE, COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES

© UNICEF/HQ04-1063/Pirozzi

A UNICEF-funded ‘Berleat’ Kindergarten in Grozny, capital of Chechnya, in the Russian Federation. Twenty-five children from conflict-affected families attended the school.

CRITICAL ISSUES FOR CHILDREN

The UNICEF Central and Eastern Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) region covers 22 countries in the subregions of Central Asia, the Caucasus; South-Eastern Europe, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus and the Russian Federation. With a population of approximately 400 million it encompasses a vast region of cultural, social and environmental diversity. Key challenges to the well-being of children lie in the equally diverse portfolio of potential risks and vulnerabilities caused by natural economic, technological or man-made disasters, which UNICEF and its national and UN partners are monitoring and should be prepared to assist if necessary.

PLANNED HUMANITARIAN ACTION FOR 2008

Strengthening emergency response to natural disasters and other rapid onset emergencies (incl. contingency planning and regional surge response capacity): The Regional Office will continue to monitor existing and potential emergencies in the region and advise Country Offices on adequate preparedness measures; maintain contacts with other UN agencies at the regional level for information-sharing, joint preparedness planning and coordinated response actions; provide direct technical assistance to Country Offices involved in contingency planning and humanitarian response; support Country Offices in conducting rapid needs assessments, coordinating with government, UN and other humanitarian partners, liaising with Headquarters divisions, mobilizing resources (financial, staffing and supplies), and implementing response activities; and strive to mobilize funds to support the immediate needs of countries in emergencies.

Humanitarian capacity development: The Regional Office will continue to provide technical guidance to Country Offices and other humanitarian partners (UN Country Teams, other Inter-Agency Standing Committees and governments) on child rights, on UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies (CCCs) and on cluster approach modalities; organize a series of specialist coaching and simulation exercises for various Country Offices. The events will focus on the core ‘cluster’ responsibilities and programmes identified for UNICEF in water, hygiene and sanitation, nutrition, information technologies (IT), education and child protection, as well as continued training in human rights, humanitarian principles and the CCCs, which underpin UNICEF’s work in emergency situations. These activities will be implemented within the inter-agency capacity development framework. In addition, the Regional Office will support knowledge development initiatives at country and regional levels by organizing briefing sessions, holding inter-country/agency consultations and commissioning and disseminating relevant studies related to humanitarian and regional issues.

Disaster risk reduction: The Regional Office will actively work with inter-agency partners, especially UN/ISDR (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) in mobilizing government, civil society and other relevant actors to implement disaster risk reduction activities in the region; support ongoing national and subregional disparity reduction rates (DRR) initiatives; assist Country Offices in identifying, developing and implementing disaster risk reduction, primarily through existing education and early childhood development programmes; provide Country Offices with relevant policy guidance and support to establish links with key players and mobilize funds.

Regional Office financial needs for 2008
Sector US$
Strengthening emergency response to natural disasters and other rapid onset emergencies (incl. contingency planning and regional surge response capacity) 200,000
Humanitarian capacity development: Assistance to Country Offices and inter-agency partners in strengthening capacities in emergency preparedness and response. Training on humanitarian principles, Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies and cluster approach 200,000
Risk reduction activities: Assistance to Country Offices in developing and implementing disaster risk reduction activities, mainly through education and early childhood development programmes 200,000
Total* 600,000

* The total includes a maximum recovery rate of 7 per cent. The actual recovery rate on contributions will be calculated in accordance with UNICEF Executive Board Decision 2006/7 dated 9 June 2006.