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What we do

 

Emergency

Noting the ongoing fragility of the situation around the Line of Contact with the conflict-affected areas, as demonstrated by a flare-up of hostilities in April 2016, UNICEF Azerbaijan has continued to invest in early warning and preparedness measures. This included contributing to the development of an Emergency Response Preparedness framework and inter-agency contingency plan, which has consolidated the emergency plans of the main humanitarian organizations to avoid possible duplication and aims to improve efficiencies in future responses.

The Azerbaijani Youth Advocate Programme was revived in the three Line of Contact districts; 60 young leaders were supported to reach out to conflict-affected children, working with community members to share information on how to stay safe in the event of future crises, and taking concerns and issues from community members to local authority representatives for action. Important links were also established through the project with the local government and NGO partners, which will prove instrumental in delivering any humanitarian response in the future.

In partnership with the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action the youth leaders were also trained as Mine Risk Education facilitators, who will now work in 15 schools to deliver potentially life-saving information to some 750 other youngsters. UNICEF Azerbaijan also signed a long-term agreement with the ChildFund Alliance, to use the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for Children as part of the youth advocate programme. This has enabled the advocates to inform their peers, families and communities on how to protect themselves and their families in times of crisis, with an emphasis on the importance of self-reliance as part of broader resilience-building. UNICEF Azerbaijan has also pre-positioned a limited number of schools-in-a-box and recreational supplies for up to 3,000 children and has supported the availability of psychological support for conflict-affected children through 16 schools.

UNICEF Azerbaijan’s emergency preparedness and response was closely coordinated with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, UNHCR, IOM, ICRC, and non-governmental and governmental partners, which enabled regular discussion of possible humanitarian scenarios and how best to coordinate response actions.

 

 

 

 
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