Joint Press Release
Juba, South Sudan, 4 February 2016 – The Government of Japan, based on its commitment to support the people of South Sudan and through partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), delivered three ambulances to health facilities in three conflict-affected locations where there are 250,000 women of reproductive age in need of obstetric services.
BANGKOK, THAILAND – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the governments of Thailand and Japan today launched two projects which will help Thailand strengthen community-based disaster risk management, and support efforts to enhance financial inclusion in low income communities.
Press Release by Embassy of Japan
On 20 January 2016 Japan approved an additional grant aid worth USD 4,575,000 for the following projects of UNHCR, UNDP, IOM and UNICEF in response to the refugee and migrant crisis in the Republic of Serbia.
The outline of the projects:
UNHCR: USD 1,830,000
Support for the improvement of reception conditions and the response to the needs of refugees
Support to local health centers in affected municipalities with the provision of basic medicines and sanitation items
2 February 2015, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – On 1 February 2015, in partnership with the Ministry of Education in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, UNESCO held a ceremony, to inaugurate the newly rehabilitated Jger Khwen Secondary School for Syrian Refugees in Kawergosk Camp.
The school rehabilitation was carried out with financial support from UNHCR, with supplementary resources from the Government of Japan within the framework of the project ‘Expanding secondary education for Syrian refugees in Iraq’.
Juba — The Government of Japan conveys today the goodwill of the people of Japan by extending assistance of USD 30.9 million for the sustained humanitarian relief operations in South Sudan and the country’s effort to consolidate the hard-won peace at its critical juncture.
The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.
Addis Ababa January 29, 2016 Japanese government pledged to extend over 21.7 million USD assistance for Ethiopia to support its efforts to fight off the drought.
Following discussions with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn here on Thursday, Special Adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Katsayuki Kawai in Ethiopia told reporters that Japan is committed to support Ethiopia.
Ethiopia has been complaining about the response from the international community, saying they didn’t give attention to the situation here.
Bridgetown, Barbados - El Gobierno de Japón y el Programa de Desarrollo de las Naciones Unidas (PNUD) lanzaron el día de hoy, con una inversión de 15 millones de dolares, la iniciativa Japón-Caribe Alianza por el Cambio Climático (J-CCCP, por sus siglas en inglés). La iniciativa está alineada al Acuerdo de París sobre el Cambio Climático, para mantener el calentamiento global por debajo de 2 grados Celsius e impulsar los esfuerzos para limitar el aumento de la temperatura aún más a 1,5 grados centígrados por encima de los niveles pre-industriales.
The Project for Expansion of Drainage System for Flood Protection in Zababdeh
Today, January 28, 2016, Mr. Takeshi Okubo, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the PA, signed a Grant Contract for the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) with Mr. Sami Ibrahim, Mayor of Zababdeh, at the Representative Office of Japan in Ramallah for a total amount of $90,495.
A US $84,500 project which started last February was handed over to the Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities on Friday, January 22nd.
DALCA’s project to mitigate the effects of disasters in Bagatelle and Fond Cole got funding from the Japanese Government through its Japan Grant Assistance for Grassroots Programme.
With those funds a building was retrofitted to serve as a hurricane shelter with wheelchair ramps for the physically challenged in Fond Cole.
A fire hydrant and a storm drain were also installed in that community.
The Governments of Japan and Dominica signed an agreement on Friday, January 22nd which will mean more than US $1m in disaster resilience equipment.
According to Government, the Government of Japan has been a large contributor to disaster relief and aid to Dominica in recent times.
“Japan was one of the countries which came to the front very early after the disaster to assist us. Also, at the Donors Conference, Japan was there and made a commitment to support us following the storm,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Careen Prevost.
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CONAKRY – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) se réjouit de la généreuse contribution de l’Agence Japonaise de Coopération Internationale (JICA) d’un montant de 960 632 dollars américains. Cette contribution permet au PAM de venir en aide à des femmes-petits agriculteurs et des enfants en Guinée Forestière en achetant du riz produit localement pour des repas scolaires pour des milliers d’enfants et de booster ainsi l’économie locale.
Belgrade, 26 Jan 2016 – Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin spoke today with Japanese Ambassador to Serbia Juichi Takahara, who expressed satisfaction with the successful cooperation of the two countries and a wish for its improvement in all areas.
Vulin thanked Tahakara for the support Japan has sent Serbia, not only for tackling the current migrant crisis, but also for the clean-up of floods, and in other areas too, particularly in the field of social protection.
A cold snap sweeping across East Asia has led to more than 50 deaths in Taiwan and stranded at least 60,000 tourists in South Korea.
Taiwanese media reported a rash of deaths from hypothermia and cardiac disease following a sudden drop in temperature over the weekend.
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The crises in Iraq and Syria have caused unprecedented displacement and human suffering. In Iraq alone, there are over 3 million displaced Iraqis and nearly 250,000 Syrian refugees. Efforts to provide for these populations stretches the resources of local authorities and host communities.
Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Wednesday 1/20/2016 - 07:16 GMT
Japan's parliament on Wednesday approved $350 million in humanitarian aid and other support for refugees fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq.
The fresh round of aid comes in addition to $810 million to assist refugees inside and outside Syria and Iraq, which was announced last year.
The $350 million was included in a supplementary budget bill for the current fiscal year ending March that lawmakers approved, a parliamentary spokeswoman and a foreign ministry official said.
The number of displaced families in North Cotabato province temporarily increased from 186 families to about 600 families (2,800 people) following armed conflict over land between two clans associated with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on 7 Jan. About 60 per cent of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) returned home by 12 Jan. Remaining IDPs are staying with friends or relatives. Initial assistance was provided by municipal authorities.
2,800 people displaced
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2. Executive summary
There is global recognition of the devastating impacts of natural disasters on lives, livelihoods and property. This, in turn, is undermining the overarching goal of economic, social and environmental sustainability—in other words, sustainable development. There is a need to embrace long-term strategies and approaches that build disaster resilience. The aim is to prevent, as much as possible, natural hazard events from becoming disasters that wipe out many years of hard-won development gains.