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International donors' conference for the Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme

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An international donors' conference for the Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme will be held today at the United Nations headquarters in New York in the Economic and Social Chamber at 3 p.m. local time.
The conference is seeking $US 12.5 million from UN Member States and other donors over a three-year period to implement the programme resulting from a joint initiative of the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

The Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme (SRRP) is a comprehensive development framework that seeks to revitalize the human and physical capital of Srebrenica and the neighboring municipalities of Bratunac and Milici. The direct beneficiaries will be returnees to those three municipalities and the legally domiciled community in the region.

The conference will be co-chaired by Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of UNDP, and Jacques Paul Klein, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Coordinator of UN Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Other speakers and guests will include: Her Majesty Queen Noor of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Beriz Belkic, Chairman Tripartite Presidency BIH; Mladen Ivanic, Prime Minister of the Republic Srpska, BIH; and representatives of the NGO "Women of Podrinje".

Following a preliminary assessment in November 2001, in February this year an expert UNDP-assessment team undertook an extensive one-month survey of the Srebrenica Region, including consultations with governmental officials, local authorities and representatives of civil society.

The team's detailed recommendations, announced in April this year, comprise of four interrelated components: housing and infrastructure reconstruction; economic development; support to municipal governance; and civil society capacity building.

The SRRP represents a realistic hope to achieve a sustainable future and its effective realization will require responsible local partnership of both the official authorities and the communities of the region. If implemented, this Programme will significantly contribute to the economic revitalization of the area and facilitate returns.