22 April 2003
“Shippable” Priority Items for Iraq Under Resolution 1472 (2003)
Reaches $455 million
value of priority goods and supplies that can be shipped to Iraq
from the Oil-for-Food pipeline within the 12 May timeline offered by
Security Council resolution 1472 (2003) reached $454.6 million this
week. Most of these supplies, covered by 160 contracts, are in the
food ($236.4 million), electricity ($119.3 million) and health
($53.1 million) sectors and are already in transit to Iraq. Resolution
1472 (2003) of 28 March gives the Programme a 45-day window for
shipping priority items identified as food, medicines, health
supplies and water and sanitation supplies.
The Office of the Iraq
Programme and UN agencies and programmes (*)are continuing to
identify the most easily accessible priority items in the pipeline
and negotiate with suppliers to speed the shipment of supplies under
already approved contracts.
Director to Brief Security Council
Mr. Benon V.
Sevan, Executive Director of the Oil-for-Food Programme, will brief
members of the Security Council on progress under Resolution 1472 at
informal consultations this afternoon.
Dredging Equipment Approved for
Security Council Sanctions Committee has given the Oil-for-Food
Programme approval to contract for dredging equipment valued at
$19.7 million to deepen waterways to Umm Qasr and other Iraqi ports.
The equipment includes two dredgers and spare parts to recommission
six others. The dredgers will be used to clear silt from the entry
channels and main berths to Umm Qasr, Basrah and Khor El Zabair.
Heavy silting already places significant limits on the size of
vessels that can dock and could seriously hamper attempts to deliver
UN agencies and programmes actively
involved in the review of the Oil-for-Food pipeline are: FAO, UNDP,
UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, WFP.
Team on Standby
team of 31 UN international staff remain on standby for re-entry to
northern Iraq. Plans to re-enter the country have been on hold since
14 April because the group has been unable to get flight clearance
through the main air corridor. Alternative routes and means of
transport into the north of the country are being investigated. The
team, representing UN agencies and organizations that were
implementing the Oil-for-Food Programme in the three northern
governorates before the war, are intended to be the first to
re-enter Iraq since the withdrawal of all UN international staff for
security reasons one day before the war.
shipments into Iraq continue through Turkey from the north and from
Jordan in the west, but the tonnage is well below the needs of a
population likely to face severe household shortages by the end of
the month. The World Food Programme has been managing convoys,
assessing storage facilities and arranging for mills to grind wheat
shipments into flour. Prior to the war, the Oil-for-Food Programme
was providing 460,000 metric tons of food rations monthly. Every
resident in the country (27 million people) received the rations and
60 per cent of the population was totally dependent on them.
reopen in north
have reopened in the three northern governorates but remain closed
in the centre and south of the country. The Programme is funding
water and sanitation repairs at the northern schools which were
occupied by internally displaced families at the onset of the war.
mapping of minefields and mine clearance operations are continuing
in the north under an Oil-for-Food initiative implemented by the
UNOPS Mine Action Programme. Between
18 March and 15 April, 29 teams conducted Mine Risk Education
programmes for school children and communities in Erbil, Dahuk and
Sulaymaniyah and marked minefields in the vicinity of 20 villages.
Status of Oil-for-Food Programme
Oil-for-Food Programme currently has $3.2 billion in uncommitted
funds in its escrow account and some $10 billion worth of
humanitarian goods and supplies in the production and delivery
pipeline for Iraq. Approved but unfunded contracts total about $7
Additional information is available from the website
of the Office of the Iraq Programme. For further information
please contact Ian Steele email: firstname.lastname@example.org