Inter-cluster Coordination Mission to Colombia 21 - 30 June 2010
At the request of the Humanitarian Coordinator and the HCT, the IASC Inter-cluster Coordination Mission was fielded on 21 June 2010 to 30 June 2010. The mission was headed by the Agriculture Cluster (FAO), and senior staff from Early Recovery (IOM and UNDP), WASH (UNICEF), Nutrition (UNICEF), Food and Telecommunications (WFP), Education (Save the Children and UNICEF), Protection (UNHCR, UNICEF and UNIFEM), Cross-cutting Issues (OCHA) and Inter-cluster Coordination (OCHA), June 2010.
Four years after the launch of the UN-led humanitarian reform process, the humanitarian situation in Colombia continues to be challenging: including problems relating to forced displacement, and breaches by parties to the armed conflict of human rights and international humanitarian law. Although the security situation has improved in certain parts of the country in the last eight years, security remains tenuous in rural and urban areas because of the emergence of new structures of illegal armed groups fighting for control over the territory, routes and production, processing and trafficking of drugs and illicit activities. This has led to the confinement of targeted communities and new displacements, as an apprehensive civilian population has found itself in the middle of fighting for control over territories (e.g. control over strategic corridors for the transport of weapons and drugs) and populations (recruitment of children, adolescents and young adults).
The Mission was tasked with:
- reviewing the implementation of the recommendations of the IASC mission report of 2006, with a view to validating the achievements, challenges and remaining gaps in the implementation of the humanitarian reform agenda in Colombia as identified by the Colombia HCT,
- strengthening global level support to the IASC HCT, and
- providing the basic elements of a common humanitarian strategic framework.