Tripartite Core Group to hand-over Recovery Efforts to Government of Myanmar

Press Release
Tripartite Core Group to hand-over Recovery Efforts to Government of Myanmar
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 18 June 2010
The Third Recovery Forum was held today with the participation of several Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Director-Generals and senior officials from the Government of the Union of Myanmar, representatives from ASEAN, UN Agencies, diplomatic community, INGOs, NGOs and the private sector. The Forum took stock of programmes in recovery and reviewed what needs to be done after the TCG mandate ends in July 2010.
The Forum confirmed that the Myanmar Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement will continue the coordination of the Post-Nargis Recovery Programme after the Tripartite Core Group’s mandate ends in July this year.
“While the TCG mandate will come to an end, the recovery activities will continue as outlined under the Post-Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP). The TCG will mainstream its role and hand back its responsibilities to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, as well as the knowledge and lessons learned from the post-Nargis experience, to facilitate the Ministry in its effort to promote disaster management initiatives in Myanmar,” said U Kyaw Thu, Chairman of the Civil Service Selection and Training Board and Chairman of the TCG.

The Recovery Forum also reviewed the recovery efforts on Education, Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction, Health, Livelihoods, Protection, Shelters, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and highlighted that critical needs remain in Disaster Risk Reduction, Livelihoods, and Shelters due to the lack of resources. Over 140,000 families in 11 townships in Nargis-affected areas still require shelter assistance. Meanwhile, only 34% of funding for livelihoods proposed in the PONREPP was funded.

“Through the TCG, ASEAN is working its best to ensure a smooth handover of the recovery coordination and programme for the cyclone-affected population. As part of its commitment to the Government of Myanmar in the post-Nargis operation, ASEAN is committed to supporting the Government of Myanmar in the institutionalization and promotion of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response in the country,” said H.E. Chu Cong Phung, Ambassador of Vietnam to Myanmar and senior ASEAN member of the TCG.
“We have collectively demonstrated that the delivery of large scale humanitarian assistance in an efficient, accountable manners is possible” I appeal everyone to work together for the benefit of the people of the Delta and beyond” said Bishow Parajuli, UN Resident / Humanitarian Coordinator also UN representative to the TCG.

ASEAN Humanitarian Task Force

Coordinating Office
Mai Phuong Tang
Communications Officer
Tel: +951 225 258

The United Nations in Myanmar

Esben Q. Harboe
Special Assistant to the RC
Tel: +951 095074853

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