The Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries (the Program) was established in February 2014 as a partnership between the Ministry of Finance of Japan (MoF) and the World Bank.
Building on the 2012 Sendai Report’s recommendations1 , the MoF financed the Program with a US$100 million contribution through a World Bank administered Single-Donor Trust Fund (TF072129), to be disbursed in annual installments over five years.
Today, on 20th April, 2015, Mr. Junya Matsuura, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs and the Representative of Japan to the PA, attended the opening ceremonies for two schools projects. The first one was held at Shawawreh Village in Bethlehem and the other was at Beit Ula Village in Hebron. The ceremonies were also attended by some representatives of both communities and the governors as well. These two projects were funded by the Government of Japan through Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
With regard to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, the Government of Japan, responding to requests from the Government of the Republic of Guinea, decided to provide Ebola test kits newly developed by Nagasaki University and Toshiba Corporation.
Dr. Jiro Yasuda, professor at Nagasaki University who developed a reagent for the Ebola test kit, as well as his colleague will be visiting Guinea from 22 April in order to offer Guinean officials technical trainings on the Ebola test kit.
The Government of Japan has decided to newly dispatch two experts to the Republic of Sierra Leone through the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West African countries.
The experts being dispatched this time are Dr. Hajime Kamiya from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (dispatched from April 19, 2015, to May 29, 2015), and Dr. Atsuhiro Kanayama from the National Defense Medical College (dispatched from April 21, 2015, to May 29, 2015).
HARARE – The Government of Japan has announced a contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) of US$1.5 million to help vulnerable people in Zimbabawe develop assets to improve livelihoods and ensure food security in their communities. The contribution comes at a time when parts of Zimbabwe are facing another poor growing season due to drought.
Finding a durable solution to a displacement situation is not a straightforward process. Cases of severe nuclear disasters that render areas unsafe for habitation for prolonged periods require interim or alternative solutions to meet the evolving needs, capacities, vulnerabilities and preferences of the displaced people. Existing international instruments offer crucial guidance, but greater appreciation of context is necessary to enhance their relevance.
WHO appeals for funding to address increasing health needs in Yemen
14 April 2015, Cairo, Egypt – The World Health Organization is seeking US$ 25.2 million to meet humanitarian health needs in Yemen for the coming 3 months.
Geneva/Ramallah – 1 April 2015: The Government of Japan has pledged support to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in its operations with Palestine Red Crescent Society covering primary health care and community-based health and first aid programmes. The aim of the support is twofold: to improve reproductive health care for women and girls in the Occupied Palestine Territory (oPt), namely the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and to prevent interpersonal violence among the most vulnerable groups in the Gaza Strip with a focus on women and children.
Jerusalem, 10 April 2015 – The Government of Japan donates USD 848,000 to UN Women for a project to support increased access of female victims of gender-based violence in Gaza to protection services, with a particular focus on internally displaced women and girls and those living in overcrowded households.
Monrovia, 10 April 2015 - During the past fifteen years, Liberia has gone through three complex emergencies, two civil wars and currently the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak. These emergencies disrupted the country’s economy and caused the near collapse of the health sector. The Government and partners have initiated a number of measures to rehabilitate and reconstruct the country and in particular to restore access to basic health services.
Ghana - IOM Ghana has launched a project: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness, Risk Reduction and Response among Migrants, Mobile Population and Border Communities in Ghana with US$400,000 funding from the Government of Japan.
“Border control is key to preventing an outbreak of EVD in Ghana. We are confident that this project will strengthen Ghana’s preparedness for EVD and prevention of similar emergencies in the future, particularly in the most affected border areas,” said Japanese Ambassador to Ghana Kaoru Yoshimura.
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BANGUI, République centrafricaine, 8 avril 2015 - Le Programme Alimentaire Mondial des Nations-Unies (PAM), et les Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF), ont accueilli une contribution de 12 millions de dollars US du Gouvernement du Japon afin de fournir une assistance humanitaire vitale à la population les plus vulnérables en République centrafricaine (R.C.A.).
Doce pluviómetros electrónicos que sirven para medir o registrar la intensidad de la lluvia, fueron instalados en diferentes partes del país. Los equipos fueron donados por el pueblo y Gobierno de Japón a través del Programa de Suministros de Productos Industriales Elaborados por empresas japonesas, al Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (MARN). La entrega simbólica de las estaciones la realizó esta mañana el embajador de Japón en El Salvador, Excl.
Kigali, 02 April 2015 – The Government of Japan has reached an agreement with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to provide funds of USD 1.3 m for the refugee children - in increasing access to basic social services including child protection, early childhood development and education needs. The project will be undertaken under the leadership of the Government of Rwanda in close coordination with UNHCR and partners.
Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha received Prof. Dr. Kyoji Sassa and Japan’s landslides research team from the University of Kyoto. At the meeting, the two sides exchanged and shared experience related to the prevention and mitigation of damage caused by the landslide disaster in the context of climate change.
Dans le cadre de la coopération avec le Gouvernement mauritanien et du soutien qu’il apporte à l’action des partenaires humanitaires et de développement, le Gouvernement du Japon a décidé d’accorder un financement de 11,8 millions de Dollars américains à cinq projets d’assistance aux populations en Mauritanie et de 9,105 millions de Dollars à cinq projets d’envergure régionale.
Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) was formulated with the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in year 2013.
One of the major components of NDMP is the National Capacity Building to respond to challenges of Disaster Management. Towards that end, in continuation of a MoU between Government of Pakistan, Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and Government of Japan since 2005.
BANGUI - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), have welcomed a contribution of US$12 million from the Government of Japan to provide vital humanitarian relief to the most vulnerable people living in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.).
8 avril 2015 – Le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) et le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF) ont reçu une contribution de 12 millions de dollars du gouvernement du Japon afin de fournir une assistance humanitaire vitale aux personnes les plus vulnérables en République centrafricaine.
Sur les 12 millions reçus, le PAM emploiera 6,5 millions de dollars pour fournir une assistance alimentaire à la population dont les moyens de subsistance ont été perturbés par le conflit.
The “Early Recovery of Social Services and Peacebuilding in Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts” Project will start restoration at 15 new sites in Eastern Ukrainian. This was decided at the Project Board meeting comprised of representatives of UNDP, the Embassy of Japan in Ukraine, the Ministry for regional development, construction and housing and communal services of Ukraine, and UNICEF. The Project plan includes restoration of buildings for social services as well as conducting training for personnel.