Press Release: Jerusalem/ Palestine
East Jerusalem, 31 March 2015 – As part of their continuous efforts to support the Palestinian people, the Government of Japan announced the approval of a USD 9.4 million grant for projects implemented in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank through UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP).
The new contribution from Japan will cover three projects that address environmental sustainability and employment generation.
By Ann Weru
FUKUSHIMA, 31 March 2015 – The fishing industry along the eastern coast of Japan is still reeling from the twin earthquake and tsunami that rocked the region four years ago, demonstrating starkly how disasters can strain key economic sectors and test resilience.
Fukushima has become synonymous with the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011. The 9.0-magnitude quake triggered a massive wave that pushed several kilometres inland, causing death and destruction.
Chad - IOM has thanked the government of Japan for its financial contribution of USD 4,725,000 (equivalent to CFA 2,9 billion) for the reintegration of returnees from the Central African Republic (CAR) and for border management in the Republic of Chad.
AMMAN, 11 March 2015 – The Government of Japan has announced two new projects to support the Government of Jordan’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Building on Japan's continuing support to Jordan, the projects will be implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), in partnership with the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate (SRAD) and the Civil Defense Directorate (CD), to assist the Government of Jordan in responding to emergencies, as well as providing safety and security to Syrian refugees and Jordanians.
JUBA - The Government of Japan will contribute $4.1 million towards a UNOPS-implemented project that will increase humanitarian access and improve sanitary conditions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mingkaman, Lakes State, South Sudan.
Khartoum, 28 January 2015 -- The Government of Japan has made a generous contribution of USD 750,000 to UNDP’s Strengthening the Capacity of the Sudan National Human Rights Commission (SNHRC) project which will be implemented from 2015 to 2018 with the main objective of supporting the SNHRC in the development of its operational, technical and legal capacities to become a cornerstone within Sudan’s national human rights protection system, in line with the Paris Principles.
March 24th 2015, Khartoum - The Government of Japan has allocated USD 2.5 million to UNDP’s Promoting Community Stabilization Programme. This generous contribution enables UNDP to support the Government of Sudan initiating project implementation immediately in the target states.
On Monday, March 30, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods worth 16 million yen (Plastic sheets, blankets, etc.) to Chile, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of Chile following serious damage from the floods in the country.
Northern Chile suffers from floods caused by heavy rain of March 25. According to the Government of Chile, as of March 27, 9 people were dead, 22 people are missing, 5,983 people took refuge, and 45,866 people were affected.
On 29 March 2015, the Government of Japan extended grants to three Bangladeshi NGOs.
Ambassador Shiro Sadoshima signed ‘Grant Contracts’ for Grass-roots Human Security Projects at Embassy of Japan with the representatives of these NGOs: Dr. Sk. Akhtar Ahmad, President of Asia Arsenic Network (AAN), Mr. Rasel Ahmed Liton, Chief Executive of SKS Foundation, and Prof. Dr. Hosne-Ara Begum, Executive Director of Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sangha (TMSS).
Through the support of the Government of Japan, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in Iraq launched a project to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country to enhance self-reliance and improve living conditions of IDPs through provision of prefabricated durable shelters and basic services in the shelter sites in Baghdad, Dohuk and Kerbala Governorates.
WFP Executive Director’s visit: Executive Director Ms. Ertharin Cousin visited Myanmar from 10 to 12 March with UNDP Administrator Ms. Helen Clark. On 11 March, Ms. Cousin and Ms. Clark visited Sittwe town, Rakhine State where they met with State Chief Minister H.E. U Maung Maung Ohn and discussed priorities for continued humanitarian assistance and scaled-up development support by UN agencies in Rakhine State. Ms. Cousin and Ms. Clark visited a WFP assisted Muslim IDP camp and a UNDP assisted Rakhine village.
Nairobi, 27 March 2015—With the contribution of USD50.93 million from the Government of Japan, UN-Habitat will implement projects in Asia, Arab States and Africa.
The Great East Japan Earthquake taught us many lessons.
We recommend the followings to prepare for future mega-disasters in Japan;
To receive international assistance in an efficient manner in order to maximise the good-will of international community;
JUBA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$4.2 million contribution from the Government of Japan to support both its emergency response in South Sudan, and its United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in the country.
This contribution is part of the US$88 million Japan pledged at the High Level Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan held in Nairobi last month.
Juba, South Sudan, 26 March 2015 - The Government of Japan has provided 3.22 million USD to the United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) to implement the project “Strengthening Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care in Crisis Affected Areas in South Sudan”.
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Addis Ababa, March 25, 2015-The Government of Ethiopia today signed a USD150 thousand agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to extend the ongoing project support for the Peacekeeping Training at the Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Centre (EIPKTC) since its establishment in 2012.
Tokyo – The Government of Japan is providing US$ 237.4 million to support the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as it works to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.