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Joint Work Plan between the UNHCR and the Committee of Emergency Situations in Tajikistan

On the 19 April 2019, the Committee on Emergency Situations and Civil Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan (CoES) and the Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tajikistan signed a Joint Work Plan aiming at reinforcing the existing partnership between the two parties.

The joint work plan aims at ensuring closer and more effective cooperation also through activities intended to strengthen the emergency preparedness capacity of CoES in case of population influx into the country. The work plan includes a range of activities such as training for personnel, conducting a joint emergency simulation exercise (SIMEX 2019), provision of material assistance and other in-kind support.

According to Mr. Vito Trani, the UNHCR Representative in Tajikistan: ‘’The signature of this work plan between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Committee for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense (COES) represents an additional step forward of the already excellent partnership and cooperation between the two parties in Tajikistan. Strengthening coordination and enhancing the capacity of COES will undoubtedly reinforce existing emergency preparedness, joint reaction capacity and most important increase the impact on the lives of affected vulnerable population’’.

Both parties, through mutual agreement, may involve other state authorities and non-governmental or international organisations working on disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness during the implementation of this work plan.

On the occasion of the Work Plan signing ceremony Lieutenant General Rustam Nazarzoda, the Chairman of the Committee for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense in Tajikistan, said, “the cooperation between UNHCR and CoES is developing based on trustworthiness and sincerity, and we deeply respect and honor our close, fruitful partnership, which is directed towards the welfare of people in need of help”.     

The UNHCR and CoES have a long-standing and well-established partnership in Tajikistan. During recent years, the Refugee Agency has increasingly provided technical and expert support to CoES on emergency preparedness and contingency planning also through a joint simulation exercise conducted on last April 2018 which observed the active participation of multiple state authorities, UN agencies and international organizations.