Humanitarian affairs

International Committee of the Red Cross

The ICRC has been working in Azerbaijan since 1992 in relation to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It focuses on the issue of missing persons and on detainees held for conflict-related or security reasons, and works to protect and assist communities living along the Line of Contact and the international border with Armenia. It promotes implementation of IHL and its integration into armed and security forces’ training and into academic curricula. The ICRC works in partnership with and aims to help strengthen the capacities of the Red Crescent Society of Azerbaijan.

In partnership with the Red Crescent Society of Azerbaijan and the British Red Cross, the ICRC continued to implement activities to help people living in villages along the Line of Contact and the international border become resilient and self-sufficient. These included improving their access to water for drinking and irrigation, providing them with livelihood opportunities, and affording them better protection against exchanges of crossborder fire through home repairs.

Resolving the fate of people who went missing during the conflict remained a priority. The ICRC assisted the Azerbaijani State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons (CEPOD) in setting up and managing a centralized system for ante-mortem data collected from the families of missing persons, providing technical support throughout the process.

National Society/ICRC teams and the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) continued to collect data on minerelated incidents and the needs of families who had lost breadwinners in such incidents. In accordance of ICRC information, 12 households (50 people) in Azerbaijan who had lost their breadwinners in mine/ERW incidents boosted their income or food production through livestock activities, aided by productive inputs.

Issues related to missing persons are important for Azerbaijan. There are 4046 missing persons in Azerbaijan. With local partners, the ICRC continued to provide comprehensive support for the psychosocial needs of families of missing persons while encouraging the authorities to enforce their right to free medical care and other benefits.

International Civil Defence Organisation

Azerbaijan is a member of International Civil Defence Organisation since 1993. The Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Azerbaijan is closely cooperation with it. Azerbaijan was unanimously elected as a member of the Executive Committee of this organization for the years of 2015-2018.

United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction

Azerbaijan is also closely cooperating with UNISDR (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction). In May of 2013, Permanent Mission participated at the 4th Global Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction organized by UNISDR in Geneva.       

Statements

 Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Statement by the Permanent Mission at the 62nd session of the UNHCR Executive Committee held on 4-7 October 2011

Statement by the Permanent Mission during the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2012 Theme: Faith and Protection on 12 December 2012

Statement by Mr. Ali Hasanov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan at the 63rd session of the UNHCR Executive Committee on 1-5 October 2012

Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Remarks by the Permanent Mission at the member states briefing on the Launch of the "Floods 2011 Early recovery Framework" for Pakistan on 21 February 2012

  Economic and Social Council

Speech by the Permanent Mission during the panel discussion - preparing for the future-predictable, effective, flexible and adequate humanitarian financing and its accountable use to meet the evolving needs and challenges for the delivery of humanitarian assistance at the Humanitarian affairs segment of the substantive session of UN Economic and Social Council on 20 July 2011

Speech by the Permanent Mission on the introduction of draft decision on the enlargement of the UNHCR Executive Committee during the General segment of the substantive session of UN Economic and Social Council on 28 July 2011

International Organization for Migration

Speech by the Permanent Mission at the 101th session of the Council of IOM

International Civil Defence Organization

Statement by the Permanent Representative, Ambassador H.E. Dr. Murad N.Najafbayli during the 20th session of General Assembly of ICDO

Other events

Statement by the Permanent Mission at the event "Acting for disaster risk reduction in Eastern Partnership countries –building strategies, sharing achievements, pursuing common goals" on 29 September 2011