Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Inna Holovanchuk and Pablo Mateu, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Ukraine have coordinated areas of joint activities in the humanitarian field during the meeting.
Special attention during the meeting was paid to continuing the process of transferring coordination in the sector of housing and non-food products from UNHCR to the Ministry for Reintegration. Pablo Mateu pointed to the importance of a strong information component in the team that will coordinate this field.
“In order to continue working on the database of damaged housing, which is currently being maintained by the Ukraine Shelter Cluster, as well as on the database of housing reconstruction programs and other humanitarian interventions, it is necessary to improve communications between the central government and oblasts,” noted Pablo Mateu.
He also gave assurances that UNHCR will continue its work on the coordination in the field of housing in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation directly through its field offices in Donetsk and Luhansk.
Inna Holovanchuk stressed the importance of UNHCR's activities in Ukraine, especially in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, and noted the effectiveness of the cluster approach.
“In terms of coordination between central and local authorities, Mr. Reznikov's position as Deputy Prime Minister will facilitate effective cooperation in assisting the persons adversely affected by the Russian aggression. The Ministry for Reintegration is actively working on collecting data on the needs of citizens in eastern Ukraine within the framework of the Project "Eastern Ukraine" together with the World Bank. I would also like to separately note the assistance of non-governmental organizations and experts working in the humanitarian field,” said Deputy Minister.
It was noted that for a more comprehensive understanding of the situation and needs of the civilians affected by the military aggression of the Russian Federation, the Ministry and the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on Human Rights, Deoccupation and Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations, hold joint consultations and engage interested non-governmental organizations in the dialogue, in particular, for a more detailed analysis of information received from the regional administrations.
Inna Holovanchuk said that a teleconference with NGOs was held on May 12, which resulted in the support of many non-governmental organizations.
“In order to study the needs of citizens affected by the Russian aggression, we plan to hold systematic meetings with the representatives of NGOs, in addition, we have the intention to create a strategic advisory group in the Ministry for Reintegration,” said Inna Holovanchuk.
The payment of pensions to internally displaced persons and citizens who are forced to live under the Russian occupation was also discussed during the meeting. In conclusion, the Parties assured each other of their interest in continuing cooperation and agreed to develop long-term solutions and forward plans of joint activities.