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IRCS, OCHA Eye Stronger Ties


TEHRAN, Aug 28 (IRCS) _ Iyad Nasr, Head of Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) met and talked with Davood Bagheri, Iranian Red Crescent’s (IRCS) Under-Secretary General of International Affairs and International Humanitarian Law on Tuesday, discussing expansion of cooperation in the field of disaster management, humanitarian diplomacy, and international humanitarian law.

During the meeting which was held in IRCS headquarters, two officials discussed how they can cooperate in mutual plans in the future.

OCHA is welcoming to plan various cooperation programs with Iranian organizations as well as working on a “Joint Action Plan” with the National Disaster Management Organization.

Referring to the some problems that may occur to IRCS because of the future sanctions in the field of providing relief equipment used in humanitarian operations, Dr. Bagheri said: “Before imposition of sanctions, Iranian Red Crescent has done an effort to purchase 6 relief helicopters but unfortunately only 3 helicopters were delivered.

IRCS Under-Secretary General of International Affairs and IHL stated that the two sides can help each other by planning and communication to achieve the common objectives.

Training and selection of an experienced team capable working with UN system especially during the disasters in order to alleviate the suffering of the affected people is the ultimate goal, he added.

Head of Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa at United Nations OCHA invited Iran’s Government to join to the INSARAG (INTERNATIONAL SEARCH AND RESCUE ADVISORY GROUP) and also called for IRCS to encourage the government for this subject.

Iran has very strong search and rescue teams, relief and rescue operators and lots of experiences but the Iranian staff and teams need to understand and follow a mutual international language with external partners based on standard system at the time of disaster,” said Dr. Nasr. He also emphasized that OCHA is responsible to offer support to Iran which possesses a large capacity to render relief services at the time of disasters and crisis.

OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.