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$88 million Japan pledged at the High Level Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan held in Nairobi last month.
Juba, South Sudan, 26 March 2015 - The Government of Japan has provided 3.22 million USD to the United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) to implement the project “Strengthening Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care in Crisis Affected Areas in South Sudan”.
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Myanmar – Rakhine State community focus group discussions.
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Addis Ababa, March 25, 2015-The Government of Ethiopia today signed a USD150 thousand agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to extend the ongoing project support for the Peacekeeping Training at the Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Centre (EIPKTC) since its establishment in 2012.
Tokyo – The Government of Japan is providing US$ 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.
Four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. In Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which suffered a lot of damage, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is supporting the revival of local community. “Hare Valley”, a community care center for the elderly and other residents to connect socially, is expected to be completed in the spring. Concurrently with the construction project, more than 100 times of club activities took place in 2014, such as calligraphy course, fancywork course, eco-block workshop, ground-golf course, gardening workshop, etc.
At a hand-over ceremony held in Domboshawa today, the Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Mr Yoshi Tendai Hiraishi, officially handed over a refurbished borehole drilling rig to the Government of Zimbabwe. The Minister of the Environment, Water and Climate, the Honourable Mr Saviour Kasukuwere, represented the Government of Zimbabwe.
Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa will sign seven (7) grant contracts with respective recipient organizations for various social development projects in conflict - affected areas in Mindanao at 9:00 a.m. on March 24, 2015 at Astoria Plaza Hotel. These projects are funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) implemented by the Embassy of Japan as part of the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD).
The Mozambican and Japanese governments signed an agreement in Maputo on 19 March under which Japan will donate 10,000 tonnes of rice, valued at US$6.2 million.
The rice is commercial food aid. The money raised by selling the rice will be channelled into the building of infrastructures.
The programme will be coordinated by the Mozambican Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Author: Jessica MacLean
Humanitarian crises are not often associated with developed countries. However, nature does not discriminate between developed and developing countries. The Eastern Japan earthquake, which struck Fukushima on 11 March 2011, is proof that even in a disaster-prepared country such as Japan, nature can still cause massive destruction and threaten people’s lives and dignity.
Posted by Unni Krishnan, Plan International’s Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response
Emotional care should find a central place in disaster settings, blogs Plan International's Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response, Unni Krishnan.
15 March 2015: If you want to respond to and recover from a disaster and its impact on the mind, be prepared, play hard and plan for the future. Some might say it’s a mind game.
NAY PYI TAW – Four United Nations organisations today welcomed a generous and timely contribution of 2.362 billion Japanese Yen (approximately US$ 19.5 million) from the Government of Japan to support humanitarian and development activities in Myanmar
The Government of Japan and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga signed and exchanged notes on “Japan’s Non Project Grant Aid for Provision of Disaster Reduction Equipment in the 2014 Japanese Fiscal Year” (hereafter, 2014 NPGA), on March 16. His Excellency Dr. Kazuchika Hamuro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga and Honourable ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga signed and exchanged notes during the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
New York - The Government of Japan has contributed USD 26.5 million towards the work of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, focusing on preventing and responding to crises.
BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$11.5 million from the Government of Japan for emergency food assistance to support more than 1 million conflict-affected Iraqis displaced inside their country.
By Noriko Kudo, U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public Affairs | March 17, 2015
CAMP ZAMA, Japan (March 17, 2015) --The 4th annual earthquake functional exercise was conducted March 12 by U.S. Army Garrison Japan's Directorate of Emergency Services. The exercise was held in the Emergency Operations Center on the Camp Zama installation.