Ivory Coast: Govt needs US$ 173 million to assist over 3 million people
The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Catherine Bragg, has started a three-day mission to Côte d’Ivoire.
The mission aims to assess the humanitarian situation one year after the post electoral crisis and to draw international attention to the remaining challenges. The objective is also to support authorities’ efforts to strengthen early recovery and longer-term development activities, notably in the western part of the country.The accent will be placed on sustainability with a special focus on the return process of internally displaced people and refugees.
The implementation of the on-going reform process in the area of security, disarmament, demobilization and reinsertion of ex combatants (DDR), and land tenure sector are also key priorities. Catherine Bragg jointly launched of the 2012 Appeal for Côte d’Ivoire with the State Minister, Minister of Employment, Social Affairs and Solidarity, Mr. Gilbert Koné Kafana.
The Appeal seeks more than US$ 173 million to cover the needs of over 3 million people. « I applaud the return of over a half a million people in the last nine months, testimony of the increasing security and the resolution of the crisis and the international support, and a tribute to the hard work of the international community. But there are still substantial needs that require substantial resources to deal with persisting problems. This would allow the voluntary and dignified return and pave the way for a sustainable reintegration » highlighted Catherine Bragg.
Ms Bragg also met on Monday with the State Minister, Minister of Planning and Development, M. Toikeusse Mabri, the United Nations Country Team and humanitarian organisations. Today, 17 January, Ms. Bragg is scheduled to travel to the western part of the country where she will visit displacement areas in Nahibly (Duékoué), Zeaglo (Bloléquin) and returnees in Niambly (Duékoué).Tweet