JCC’s Director General Participates in the Annual Global Virtual Conference on CCCM Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, 11 November 2020

The Annual Global Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) conference virtually started from Monday, 2nd November 2020 and is continued till Thursday, 12th November 2020. The purpose of the conference is to discuss a broad range of subjects regarding the camps, refugees and IDPs and to address the critical gaps in camp coordination and camp management at the operational and policy levels and the existing gap between the emergency response and the development phases during the displacement crisis across the globe.

Mr. Hoshang Mohamed, Director General of JCCC participated in the day five meeting as a panelist on 9th November 2020, under the title ‘TRANSITION AND THE NEXUS’. He spoke about the critical challenges the government faced in 2014 during the unprecedented displacement crisis in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. He highlighted critical gaps existed in the capacity of the response partners including government and aid agencies such as unpreparedness, no clear processes for crisis coordination, emergency response, sheltering and assisting millions of displaced people. 

Additionally, Mr. Hoshang highlighted the actions were taken by the KRG to address all the outstanding challenges and the gaps faced since then for a proper displacement and humanitarian crisis coordination, management and emergency response such as the establishment of the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCCC) to lead the Crisis coordination and emergency response as well as the camp coordination and camp management of the displaced people, development of clear processes and operational procedures to streamline and expedite the custom clearances, issuance of legal documents, coordination structure at the policy level and operational level and development of the standards to establish the shelters and also for the assistance provision to the displaced people and also strengthening the logistics operational capacity as well as the establishment of the humanitarian action fund to respond to emergencies etc. 

Finally, He talked about the outstanding role of the UN-Agencies and NGOs, development agencies and donors in supporting the government’s efforts to respond to the displacement and humanitarian crisis, stated that ‘they were in the forefront to not only support the displaced people but also to help the government institutions to be able to carry out their mandated duties through several outstanding inventions’ such as mobilization of the required resources, providing funding to the government entities, providing technical assistance to strengthen the government operational capacities at all levels, providing equipment and materials to the government entities, deployment of international experts and seconding them to the government departments to provide technical support and providing advices and expertise and know- how to all levels of the government to meet the challenges.

Currently, there are 996,861 IDPs and Refugees that are hosted in Kurdistan Region, among them 727,365 are IDPs, and 259,496 refugees in which most of the IDPs live in the host communities and only 37% of them are living in the 38 camps.