Tokyo, Japan | Thursday 11/26/2015 - 09:51 GMT
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday pledged to give $10.6 billion more to developing nations in 2020 to help them implement policies against global warming, ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris next week.
The decision to offer 1.3-trillion yen ($10.6 billion) came after Japan gave a roughly combined 2.0 trillion yen for the same purpose in 2013 and 2014.
Chair’s Summary – Publication of the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict
The Chair of the G7 has the honour to present the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict.
PORT VILA, VANUATU – Japan is providing a $5 million grant, administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to support the Government of Vanuatu’s school rebuilding drive in the wake of Cyclone Pam. ADB and the Government of Vanuatu signed the grant agreement at a ceremony today in Port Vila.
Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID provided nearly $777 million to assist disaster-affected populations in the LAC region, including nearly $509 million from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and approximately $268 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP).
By Soraya Dali-Balta, IFRC
In the past four years, millions of people have escaped conflict-stricken Syria in search for a safe haven in other countries, with the majority taking refuge in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Lebanon has taken in more than 1.5 million refugees from Syria so far, exhausting the country’s already strained resources, and requiring urgent and continuous support from other actors.
Increasing temperatures and storm frequency from climate change, coupled with rising seas, are driving important changes in risk profiles in Asia and across the world. In response to these critical impacts of climate change, the world is coming together in Paris to formalize a new climate treaty – both to mitigate the causes of climate change and also to help countries adapt to the consequences of a warmer future.
TEGUCIGALPA – Con el propósito de solidarizarse y apoyar a miles de personas que han resultado afectadas por la sequía en el departamento de Choluteca, el Gobierno de Japón, a través de su Embajador, el Sr. Kenji Okada, informó al Gobierno de Honduras su apoyo para garantizar la seguridad alimentaria y la mitigación a desastres de más de seis mil personas que han resultados afectadas por la emergencia por sequía que atraviesa el país.
ERBIL, 17 November 2015 – Building on Japan’s continuing support to the government and people of Iraq, twenty fully-equipped paramedic ambulances were handed over to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Bureau for Migration and Displacement (BMD) in a ceremony today at the Baharka Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Erbil, Iraq.
By Yuki Matsuoka
KOBE, 16 November 2015 - Tokyo The world’s first hybrid dam, combining both earth and concrete, is also earthquake proof and protects millions of people living on Japan’s vulnerable Toyoma plain from a repetition of a major disaster which occurred there in the mid-19th century.
In April 1858, due to a major earthquake, the mountain in the Tateyama Caldera collapsed and formed a natural dam but outbreaks caused deadly debris flows on to the Toyama plain below.
Up to 6,000 people remain displaced following fighting that broke out between the Myanmar military and Shan State Army North in central Shan State in early Oct. Those displaced are staying in monasteries and IDP camps.
GAZA – Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority H.E. Takeshi Okubo attended on Tuesday a food distribution in Gaza City carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Social Affairs. During his visit, Mr. Okubo reiterated the commitment of the the Government of Japan to continue to support food assistance to food insecure Palestinians.
[Nay Pyi Taw – November 2] More than 51,000 solar lamps that will light up 25,649 polling stations with no or unreliable electricity supply, were handed over to the Union Electoral Commission (UEC) in Nay Pyi Taw last week.
The purchase of the solar lamps was facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with funding support from Japan.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Aggregate cereal production in 2015 forecast at an average level
Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year expected to increase slightly
Aggregate cereal production in 2015 forecast at an average level
30 October 2015 Japanese Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority Takeshi Okubo and UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl signed an agreement earlier today for a JPY 630 million (US$ 5.73 million) contribution from Japan to support the Agency’s food assistance programme for the fourth year in a row.
The Inaugural Regional Forum Promotes Action on Disaster Resilience
The Government of Japan has decided to provida total sum of US$801,311 (approximately Rs. 108 million) in grant aid for humanitarian demining in Northern Sri Lankaunder its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Securit yProject (GGP).
The ‘Project for Humanitarian Mine Clearance in Northern Sri Lanka’,implemented by The HALO Trust will expedite the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to make mine contaminated areas safe lands for people to return and resume their livelihood.
Islamabad, the 14th October, 2015 - A high level delegation from Japan currently visiting Pakistan met the Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar here today led by Secretary General of the Diet Task Force Dr. Kenzo Fujisue. The delegation comprises members of Japan’s Parliament-DIET alongwith representation of international agencies based in Japan. Japan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Hiroshi Inomata also accompanied the delegation.
The Government of Japan has made a USD 550,000 contribution to finance the upcoming elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) and ensure women and men in CAR and in neighboring countries go and vote.
In CAR, the assistance will be used, through the Basket Fund managed by UNDP, for civic education and voter outreach, reinforcement of the capacities of the National Electoral Authority (ANE) and the Constitutional Court, as well as technical support to the High Council of Communication and for training the journalists.
The Project for Renewing Medical Beds in the Surgical Department of St. Joseph’s Hospital
Today, October 20, 2015, 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 the General Director of St. Joseph Hospital, Mr. Jamil Koussa, at the Representative Office of Japan in Ramallah for a total amount of $89,435.