UN Country Team in Serbia continues its support to the Government of Serbia in addressing refugees/migrants crisis

In addition to US$ 2.5 million, UN Agencies have secured another US$ 8.5 million for strengthening Government capacity and  basic services to refugees/migrants 

 

Belgrade, 12 October 2015 – The UN Country Team in Serbia presented to its partners the ongoing and upcoming activities delivered in supporting Government of the Republic of Serbia in dealing with refugees/migrants crisis.

 

Ever since the crisis started, the UN Country Team has been assisting the Government of Serbia while supporting and cooperating with the civil sector in responding to the challenges. Support provided so far amounts to US$ 2.5 million and it included capacity building and technical support to the Government of Serbia in order to increase its efficiency in responding to the refugees/migrants needs, as well as relief items designated to supporting refugees/migrants well-being through their journey in Serbia.

 

UN Agencies are working to mobilize extensive resources so as to help the Government address the growing and changing needs of refugees and migrants. An additional US$ 8.5 million was pledged and stands ready for disbursement in the coming weeks to partners in Serbia for addressing winterization needs. Resources are made available through appeals that are launched at the global and regional level, through cooperation with donors at country level and from Agencies emergency core resources. 

 

“UN Agencies appreciate the efforts and efficiency demonstrated by the Government of Serbia in responding to the refugees/migrants situation. We stand ready to support the Government’s and coordination efforts to ensure smooth and timely disbursement of resources that were generously made available by our donors through global and regional appeals in response to the needs of refugees/migrants and civil society organizations in the field,” says Irena Vojackova Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia.

 

Most of the support is provided by UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency), lead UN Agency for refugees, along with other UN partners - International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN), World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the World Food Programme (WFP).

 

Contact:

Aleksandra Stamenković, UNCT Communications Expert, m: 063 302 831, t: 011 2040-406

e: aleksandra.stamenkovic@one.un.org. This press release is also published at:  rs.one.un.org