Iraq Protection Cluster Recommendations on the Criticality of Humanitarian Response Plan 2020 Activities in Relation to the COVID-19 Situation

A COVID-19 Humanitarian Operations Cell (HOC) composed of the Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC), Heads of UN agencies and NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) was established on 5 March 2020 to lead the strategic management of the humanitarian response to the COVID-19 situation, including coordination and engagement with government authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and Federal Iraq. The HOC asked the Clusters to conduct a prioritization exercise of the HRP 2020 activities based on Programme Criticality 1 (PC1)/Programme Criticality 2 (PC2) levels, including the categorization of activities directly relating to COVID-19 containment, prevention or response. On the 9 March 2020, the list of activities was endorsed by the HOC and they were shared with the Government of Iraq and the KRI authorities for their assistance in guaranteeing humanitarian transit and access.