During her ten-day mission to Indonesia, UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya A. Obaid visited Aceh to monitor activities carried out by the UNFPA Banda Aceh office. She also met with the Provincial Health Office, Provincial Office for Women Empowerment (Biro PP), the Aceh chapter of the National Family Planning Coordinating Board (BKKBN), the acting governor and IASC members.
Eric Schwartz, the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, visited Indonesia on 10-12 November to further assess the state of recovery and reconstruction. Mr. Schwartz, accompanied by the UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia and UNORC, visited IDP camps and reconstruction sites in Nias, Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar, met with BRR, the acting governor of Aceh province, UN agencies and the press corps.
The third phase of the decommissioning of GAM (Free Aceh Movement) is expected on 14-18 November. Weapons will be collected in Aceh Jaya, Aceh Barat, Nagan Raya, Aceh Barat Daya and Aceh Selatan.
The Government of Indonesia (GoI) plans to relocate 5,596 non-organic TNI troops and 1,350 police/Brimob personnel in the third phase of relocation starting the day after the completion of the third phase decommissioning. The second phase of the distribution of 3,000 Economic Facilitation Packages to demobilised GAM combatants is due to complete soon.
UN Department of Security and Safety (UNDSS) downgraded the security phase for Aceh province from Phase IV to Phase III as of 2 November.
BRR is socializing its communication strategy for the one year remembrance to garner coordination among stakeholders in communication efforts leading up to 26 December, including media events and key messages. The strategy includes a plan for a BRR media and commemoration event coordination centre to be set up at Universitas Syiah Kuala in Banda Aceh.
The deadline for the submission of progress data to the RAN (Recovery Aceh & Nias) database, 18 November, is approaching. The BRR RAN outreach team is working with approximately 200 organizations for this round of data entry and verification. Aid organizations and donors operating in Aceh and Nias are reminded of ensuring that their concept note information is correctly reflected in the RAN and progress updates are submitted by the deadline. Contact the BRR outreach team for any questions or difficulties at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 0813-6044-3079, or visit the BRR office.
As a follow up to the UN funded facilitators' training for Emergency Management and Contingency Planning Exercise held in July 2005, BAKORNAS conducted a five-day exercise on 24-29 October in Padang, West Sumatra. The exercise was attended by 35 participants from various institutions like the Indonesian Red Cross, KOGAMI (a local NGO currently deal with community based disaster management), SATKORLAK, Education Office, Health Office, Forestry Office, Agriculture Office, Police Office, Radio Associations (RAPI and ORARI) Search and Rescue, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency, Environmental Protection Office, and other government offices. The result of the exercise is a rough draft of the Contingency Plan that will be further refined by BAKORNAS before going to the Provincial House of Representatives for review and budget allocation. UNESCO, WHO, WFP and OCHA attended this exercise.
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