UNHCR has signed a Memorandum with the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs

KYIV, Ukraine, 10 October 2016 (UNHCR). On 10 October 2016, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Ukraine have signed a Letter of Understanding.

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Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs Vadym Chernysh and UNHCR Representative in Ukraine Pablo Mateu signed a memorandum on cooperation  to join the forces in solving humanitarian problems and providing protection assistance, primarily to the most vulnerable groups among IDPs.

We are here to support the Government and provide assistance to the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons in addressing the needs of IDPs and meeting their best interests, especially, of the most vulnerable categories”, commented Pablo Mateu, UNHCR Representative in Ukraine.

The parties agreed, in particular, to work jointly on improving national legislation on internal displacement to ensure the rights and interests of the displaced. In addition, the Ministry and UNHCR will work on strengthening the coordination of central and local executive bodies, local authorities and international organizations on IDP issues and organize peacebuilding and recovery consultations in the conflict-affected areas.

“We are happy to have such an experienced partner as UNHCR and we are grateful for all the support that Agency has provided to us. The Ministry has always appreciated the assistance and expertise that UNHCR has been sharing with us since the beginning of our work”, said Vadym Chernysh, Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.

According to the document, UNHCR provides support to the Ministry to establish an effective system of communication with internally displaced persons, host communities and conflict-affected groups. Additionally, the UN Refugee Agency will conduct surveys to identify the needs of IDPs, violations of civil and political rights and freedoms of IDPs, problems in the field of social protection, access to infrastructure and other issues.

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For more detailed information on cooperation between UNHCR and Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs of Ukraine, please click here.