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25 May 2016 description

The Pacific islands are a step closer to having their very own Pacific Climate Change Centre to be hosted at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) campus in Apia, Samoa.

A special signing between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of Samoa, with SPREP to finalise the minutes of discussion which marks the end of the preparatory survey took place in Apia today. This is the final stage before submission to the Cabinet of the Government of Japan in July, followed by the signing of the Exchange of Notes in August.

25 May 2016 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI - The Japanese Government yesterday announced emergency aid worth US$2.5 million for Việt Nam to address drought and saltwater intrusion consequences in the central and Mekong Delta regions since late 2014 due to the effects of El Niño.

The aid will be delivered through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), according to the Japanese Embassy in Việt Nam.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • In April, WFP reached more than 205,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin, northern Shan and Rakhine States and flood-affected areas with cash or food assistance.

  • Over 3,000 people, recently displaced by disasters or conflict, in Kachin and Rakhine States and Mandalay Region received WFP’s life-saving food assistance.

24 May 2016 description

The United States and 47 other UN member states have endorsed the joint statement below affirming the importance of and adherence to international humanitarian law at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, May 23–24.

24 May 2016 description

By Hler Gudjonsson, IFRC

Two devastating earthquakes struck Japan’s Kumamoto prefecture on the 14th and 16th of May, killing 67 people and damaging or destroying around 75,000 houses. The earthquakes caused the displacement of more than 180,000 people but most evacuees have now found places to stay, either with friends and relatives or in rented apartments. However, there are almost 10,000 people remaining in evacuation centres and many are in serious need of continued support from the Red Cross.

23 May 2016 description

When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.

WAGHIMERA, Ethiopia – The first time 4-year-old Gebru’s mother took him to a health centre in Amhara last year, he was so sick with a bad cough that he could not eat properly. He did not recover after the first rounds of treatment for malnutrition.

22 May 2016 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka

ZAMAI, CAMEROON—Cameroonian Yeguie Issa says he has not seen his only brother since they were contacted a year ago by visitors to their village and were offered $500 per month to join Boko Haram.

Issa, 29, did not accept the offer and now takes care of his poultry farm in Cameroon's Zamai village, near the northern town of Mokollo. He got started with the help of chickens provided by the government and farming advice from U.N. staff.

22 May 2016 description
report World Bank

SENDAI, Japan, May 21, 2016—The World Bank Group today launched the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), an innovative, fast-disbursing global financing mechanism designed to protect the world against deadly pandemics, which will create the first-ever insurance market for pandemic risk. Japan, which holds the G7 Presidency, committed the first $50 million in funding toward the new initiative.

21 May 2016 description

Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Saturday 5/21/2016 - 13:06 GMT

by Amal JAYASINGHE

Foreign aid began arriving in Sri Lanka Saturday, bringing help to half a million people forced out of their homes by rains and landslides that have killed at least 71 in a week of extreme weather wreaking havoc in South Asia.

As the heaviest rains in a quarter of a century battered Sri Lanka, Cyclone Roanu barrelled into the Bangladesh coastline leaving six people dead and forcing the evacuation of 500,000 there.

20 May 2016 description
report Government of Japan

1. On Friday, May 20, the Government of Japan decided to commit 76 million US dollars by the end of 2020 to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi). The total contribution for the 2016-2020 period will amount to 95 million US dollars including the 19 million US dollars already disbursed in 2016.

20 May 2016 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On Friday, May 20, the Government of Japan decided to contribute 800 million US dollars in the coming years. This pledge is for the 5th Replenishment of the Global Fund.

20 May 2016 description

Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Friday 5/20/2016 - 10:55 GMT

Japan pledged $6 billion in fresh aid to the Middle East Friday to prevent violent extremism and stabilise the region, ahead of next week's Group of Seven summit which is expected to address global hotspot issues such terrorism.

Japan is hosting the annual event that draws leaders from some of the world's richest nations including US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

They are likely to discuss security threats as well as geopolitical instability in the Middle East and elsewhere.

20 May 2016 description

Baghdad, 19 May 2016 — The Government of Japan has generously provided US$ 3 million to support the work of the World Health Organization in Iraq. This contribution directly supports life-saving primary and secondary health care services in Duhok and the plains of Ninewa, where more than 600 000 people live, as well as the prevention, early detection and containment of outbreaks in 11 governorates.

20 May 2016 description

ISLAMABAD: The Japanese government has approved a loan of $59 million for the polio eradication programme in Pakistan in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help optimise immunisation against polio of children under the age of 5.

The loan will enable the government to procure about 273 million doses of oral polio vaccine (OPV) to conduct campaigns from 2016 to 2018.

20 May 2016 description

May 20th, 2016

AMDA Emergency Relief Bulletin #10: Kumamoto Earthquake (Japan)

19 May 2016 description
report Government of Japan
  1. Since May 15, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka suffers from floods and landslides across the country caused by the heavy rainfall around Western area. According to the Government of Sri Lanka, as of May 19, 41 people were dead, 17 people missing and approximately 420,000 people affected from heavy rainfall.

19 May 2016 description
infographic Japanese Red Cross Society

Keep the Kumamoto Red Cross Hospital operating

The Kumamoto Red Cross Hospital is the leading healthcare facility in Kumamoto Prefecture with 500 beds operated by 1,000 staff. It is located near the epicentre of the earthquakes and was lightly damaged. After the earthquakes, it has also covered the other collapsed health facilities and accepted thousands of patients without any interruptions, although half of the staff are affected by the quakes. Most of the Red Cross hospitals in Japan have dispatched totally 300 medical staff to keep the Kumamoto hospital operating.

18 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Beirut, 18 May 2016: The government of Japan re-affirmed its commitment towards the most vulnerable children in Lebanon by contributing US$11 million to UNICEF’s education and water & sanitation programmes. More than 40,000 children across Lebanon will benefit from improved school environments and better access to water & sanitations (WASH) services. The grant comes as part of Japan’s Humanitarian Assistance for Middle Eastern countries suffering from the repercussions of the Syrian Crisis.

17 May 2016 description

In This Issue:

  • Nigerian Government Pledges Commitment to TWG

  • Government of Japan Supports IOM in countering terrorism by enhancing Land Border Control in Nigeria

  • IOM partners with Nigerian government on labor migration management

  • IOM highlights Humanitarian Needs of 2.4 Million IDPs

International Organization for Migration Nigeria assists in the relocation of 189 displaced families living in a school building

16 May 2016 description

Gaza, 12 April 2016 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan marked the closing of the emergency support to solid waste services project in the Gaza Strip, funded by the Government of Japan for a total of USD 4.3 million. The project, which is implemented in partnership with the Presidency’s Job Creation Programme (JCP), contributed to creating over 181,777 working days for more than 7,000 workers.