The UN has provided the first part of the assistance to Serbia in the amount of US $1.8 million
The United Nations has received additional US $ 1.8 million in response to the floods that have hit Serbia in mid-May. The funding comes from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in order to provide support to the people from areas affected by the floods.
"All UN agencies in Serbia have pulled together on the basis of the UNDAC report and within a week, the UN headquarters has responded by providing $1.8 million dollars. This is an immediate support and in the days to come, we will keep on supporting the Government in the reconstruction and restoration of people's livelihoods," says Ms. Irena Vojackova-Sollorano, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Serbia.
The United Nations in Serbia has handed over to the Government last week a report based on the assessments made on the ground by the experts from the UNDAC Team. The report is referring to the period between the 18-31 May.
"We are grateful to the UN for their quick response in mobilizing these funds and logistics provided on the ground, for the relief efforts currently underway" - said Marko Blagojevic.
The initial $1.8 million are allocated for the activities of the UN Country Team in Serbia and will be implemented together with the Government and the NGO sector. This contribution will be used to fund forthcoming projects of five UN agencies - UNDP, UNICEF, IOM, WHO and WFP.
"The assistance of UN Country Team in Serbia has been extremely valuable throughout the crisis. Their expertise and support continue to help us alleviate the consequences of the floods. We hope to continue working closely with the UN CT in Serbia, the European Union and the World Bank to get an even more in-depth assessment of the damages", Marko Blagojević stated.
The Government of Serbia has officially requested from the UN, European Union and the World Bank to proceed and finalize the assessment of priorities and financial needs in the recovery effort, the so called PDNA (Post Disaster Needs Assessment).
About the CERF
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is a humanitarian fund established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006 to enable more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts. The CERF's objectives are to promote early action and response to reduce loss of life, enhance response to time-critical requirements and strengthen core elements of humanitarian response in underfunded crises.
About the PDNA
The so called Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA) is a government-led exercise with the support of the EU, the UN system and the World Bank, bringing together national and international stakeholders to align recovery efforts in a coordinated way.
About the UNDAC
The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) is part of the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.
For more information about the UNDAC team, please visit: http://bit.ly/1oVoQj1