15 April 2003
of Humanitarian Pipeline Confirms Priority Items worth $395 million
can be Shipped by 12 May
An ongoing review
of priority items in the Oil-for-Food pipeline for Iraq has so far
identified $395 million worth of supplies that are “shippable”
within the 45-day timeline adopted last month by the UN Security
Most of the goods
confirmed with 137 suppliers are in the food ($181.7 million),
agriculture ($103.8 million) and health ($46.1 million) sectors.
Most were already in transit at the onset of the war and will be
routed to strategic locations in Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait and
Iran for transhipment to Iraq.
The Office of the
Iraq Programme and six UN agencies and organizations (*) continue a
race against the clock to identify priority items specified by the
Security Council – food, medicines, health supplies, water and
sanitation equipment and supplies – that can be extracted from the
pipeline and shipped by 12 May as required in
resolution 1472 (2003) of 28 March.
Starting with a
primary list of 526 contracts the UN found that the most common
reason for suppliers dropping off the list was their inability to
meet the Council’s shipping timeline.
Suppliers Beaten by the Clock
On 7 April, the
Oil-for Food Programme posted notices on its website and through the
Permanent Missions of 100 UN Member States asking suppliers to make
urgent contact if they had approved contracts for any of the
Council’s priority items. Hundreds responded and the Programme has
recorded their offers, but few will make the 45-day limit. The
programme has however retained contact information for these
suppliers in the event that the resolution is extended beyond 12
UN agencies and programmes actively
involved in the review of the Oil-for-Food pipeline are: FAO, UNDP,
UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, WFP.
arrives in Kuwait City
first Oil-for-Food shipment since resolution 1472 arrived in Kuwait
late last week. Some 50,000 tons of wheat was delivered and part of
the consignment was immediately offloaded for milling into flour.
The World Food Programme will manage surface transportation to
warehouses in Iraq.
second wheat shipment of 50,000 tons is expected at the Jordanian
port of Aqaba within days.
Status of Oil-for-Food Programme
Oil-for-Food Programme currently has $3.2 billion in uncommitted
funds in its escrow account and $10.3 billion worth of humanitarian
goods and supplies in the production and delivery pipeline for Iraq.
Approved but unfunded contracts total $6 billion.
Additional information is available from the website
of the Office of the Iraq Programme. For further information
please contact Ian Steele email: email@example.com