The UN refugee agency has transferred protection coordination to the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) in Pakistan. UNHCR will continue to support FDMA by co-leading the protection cluster until early 2018.
A “Letter of Understanding” between UNHCR and the government was signed at a ceremony at the FDMA office in Peshawar. FDMA will be supported in this work by the Regional Directorate of Human Rights.
Regional director of the Ministry of Human Rights for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, Ghulam Ali, Director-General FDMA, Siraj Ul Haq, UNHCR Representative, Ruvendrini Menikdiwela and UNHCR’s head of office in Peshawar, Oscar Mundia attended the signing ceremony.
The UN’s humanitarian protection cluster system is in effect until March 2018 when the FDMA protection working group formally takes over. UNHCR previously led and coordinated these efforts under the UN’s humanitarian cluster system.