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THE AMERICAS AND CARIBBEAN

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Indigenous peoples and ethnic Africans live in Bellavista, a jungle village in north-western Chocó. The department, one of Colombia’s poorest, is a contested war zone between government, guerrilla and paramilitary forces.

CRITICAL ISSUES FOR CHILDREN

Natural disasters across the Americas and Caribbean region, Colombia’s conflict and Haiti’s instability continue to be the causes of lost lives, lost means of living, internal displacement, uprooted basic infrastructure and, even more gravely, children, youth and women continuing to be the most vulnerable and the most affected by these situations.

PLANNED HUMANITARIAN ACTION FOR 2008

Capacity-building of national counterparts, subregional bodies, IASC partners and UNICEF Country Offices regarding UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies (CCCs) for cluster-specific response: The UNICEF Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (TACRO) will provide technical assistance and training to government counterparts, Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) partners and UNICEF Country Office staff regarding the approach to be adopted on rights and other specific issues. In addition, the regional tier will facilitate the revision and updating of Country Office emergency preparedness and response planning processes. It is important to point out that a work team in the Regional Office will lead these processes.
 
Strengthening emergency response to natural disasters and other rapid onset emergencies (incl. contingency planning and regional surge response capacity): UNICEF TACRO will increase its capacity to support Country Offices with rapid delivery of essential supplies and deployment of trained human resources, and improve the regional early alert system. A Regional Emergency Officer will guarantee a constant support.

Support to disaster risk reduction initiatives, with focus on education sector: UNICEF TACRO will boost its capacity to mobilize and organize government players and international cooperation of NGOs at regional, subregional, national and local levels in order to support risk reduction activities, mainly in the education sector.

Regional Office financial needs for 2008
Sector US$
Capacity-building of national counterparts, subregional bodies (Caribbean Disaster Emergency and Response Agency – CDERA, Coordination Centre for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America – CEPREDENAC and
The Andean Committee for Disaster Prevention and Assistance – CAPRADE), IASC partners and UNICEF Country Offices regarding CCCs for cluster-specific response
400,000
Strengthening emergency response to natural disasters and other rapid onset emergencies (incl. contingency planning and regional surge response capacity) 350,000
Support to risk reduction initiatives, through focus on the education sector 350,000
Total* 1,100,000

* 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.