prayers and hope is that the situation in Lebanon will calm down and
peace will prevail as a final solution to ongoing conflict.
It is my
obligation to inform you briefly about the "advisory informal" partners
meeting which took place in Amman on Sunday the 11th of May, replacing
the formal scheduled partners meeting in Harisa - Lebanon. All
participants prayed for peace in Lebanon, and for the safety of MECC
Lebanese staff. Present in the meeting were 10 persons' partners
representatives: Church of Sweden, FinChurchAid, NCC of Australia,
PCUSA, CWS NewZealand, CWS USA, WCC, NCA, and partially ICCO (late
arrival). MECC was represented by: General Secretary, IER director,
Finance Secretary, Director of Damascus office, Director of Amman office
meeting went from: 2 Pm till 8 Pm (11th May). It is decided to consider
the outcomes of the meeting not as final decisions rather
recommendations for further elaboration from other partners who were not
agenda discussed the following items:
address to partners
(discussion on it was deferred to the next formal partners meeting).
for the new formal partners' meeting:
November 2008 (arrival), 20 - 21 November is meeting, 22 (departure. The
venue: Lebanon. Second priority of venue: Egypt.
the report from the consultant Gregory was reviewed in some details.
Notes, comments and questions were taken from participants to discuss it
with Greg again. MECC GS announced the full acceptance and
endorsement of the report, as well as the MECC Executive Committee, and
the ICNDR director. It is recommended that the GS will send a formal
letter to partners on this matter. On the other hand, partners are
expected to send their comments and later approval also on the report.
Recommendation was taken to move ahead in supporting the ICNDR for 2008
to continue its tasks, and for ICNDR to prepare its strategic plan of
action. Full report on the strategic plan and further development in
this issue will be presented in the next partners meeting (November).
Notes were taken on the role of ICNDR in the midst of the recent
conflict of Lebanon (possibly a rapid response appeal). Negotiation will
continue about covering the 2007 - 2008 deficit of ICNDR (different
opinions and suggestions were given in this specific matter).
emergency contingency plan of action:
situation in Lebanon continues to deteriorate (which we pray and hope
not), and in case the MECC General Secretary and the Lebanese staff
cannot function from their office in Hamra – Beirut, then it is
recommended that the MECC prepare an “contingency emergency plan of
operation”, which helps in continuing the functions of MECC in Lebanon
and other countries. The first priority to MECC GS is to return to
Beirut as soon as he can (he did already). The second priority is to
operate temporarily from Egypt. It is recommended that the GS delegate a
“crisis group” composed of some Lebanese staff to follow up on
development and the GS be in contact with them.
need to know about the proposed emergency plan if applied and
most of them are ready to support the plan of emergency through ACT Intl
plan of action:
overview of the plan was presented by Razek Siriani to the partners.
Discussion went on how much can some of the activities be implemented
and feasible in situations such as Lebanon, and partners should consider
continuing supporting MECC activities in due time of the recent Lebanese
crisis. Recommendations were taken: to continue supporting MECC
activities according to signed agreements, although the partners meeting
did not take place formally. MECC staff should present in the next
November meeting their assessments of the work of the Units, Departments
and Programs which underline three main items:
Vision; second: general aims, direct objectives, and then activities
which should manifest these objectives; third: impacts of activities on
beneficiaries and evaluation on how much was achieved.
of the financial report was presented by Ms Vivian Lorenzo. Discussions
were on how to overcome the financial crisis of the first four or five
months of each year until fund be made available by partners; financial
planning should be done by MECC and partners on agreements and
commitments of at least 2 years ahead of time; and partners should
consider sending their fund at early time of the year.
International Ecumenical Relations, Director