In line with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General’s vision and the Mission’s strategy, the UNMIK Office of Community Support (OCS) plays an important role in monitoring, reporting and promoting enhanced responses to issues and concerns pertaining to all communities in Kosovo.
OCS dispatches its experienced staff on a regular basis to minority community locales, displacement and returns areas, and religious and cultural sites. They work through an active network of community-based partners and interlocutors, guided by the vital need to promote tolerance and build bridges across community fault lines.
OCS team members, whenever called upon and as appropriate, provide critical interface support between communities and institutional platforms for delivery of essential services at the local level. They help ensure vulnerable groups are able to access humanitarian and development assistance, that all communities enjoy equal access to available public services, and that discriminatory policies and practices are reported and addressed.
OCS manages the Mission’s Confidence-Building Projects (CBPs), and coordinates the SRSG’s Outreach visits to municipalities.
Where required, OCS also supports Kosovo’s sustained engagement in international and regional processes, including those in economic cooperation, religious and cultural affairs, human rights, and other spheres of activity vital to Kosovo’s long-term development and stability.
Areas of Work:
Trust-Building Between Communities
Coordinating the SRSG’s visits to municipalities
Managing UNMIK Confidence-Building Projects