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17 Sep 2010 description

It was a pledge heard around the world. After a century which brought unprecedented gains in such areas as national freedoms and medical and scientific advances, but which also produced two world wars, the atomic bomb and unspeakable daily conditions for hundreds of millions of people, the world's nations decided there should be a better way of living together.

At the "dawn of a new millennium" 189 countries met in New York in September 2000 and agreed a United Nations Millennium Declaration, a sweeping document which pledged to erase the 'scourge of war', combat …

07 Jul 2010 description

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is exploring the possibility of assisting Palestinian refugees in Lebanon for the first time.

JICA President Mrs.

27 May 2010 description

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is implementing a USD $13 million grant in the Palestinian Territories, focused on improving public services such as roads, hospitals, and schools through regional public-private partnerships.

The grant is pledged to a pioneering programme designed to foster collaboration between Palestinian, Israeli and Jordanian businesses and individuals, while ensuring the leadership of the Palestinian state throughout the process.

The Palestinian National Authority's domestic development plan had identified a series of issues to be …

12 Mar 2009 description

Near the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka thousands of people rioted last year, sm ashing cars and buses and vandalizing factories. In a string of countries throughout Africa, in Central Asia and Latin America there were similar disturbances and unrest.

Even in the United States, one of the country's most popular retail outlets imposed a temporary limit on amounts or rice customers could buy. In North Korea the situation was so dire that one government official predicted "Life is more than difficult.

05 Feb 2009 description

Members of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Alumni Association have begun preliminary work to help the Palestinian population of Gaza following the recent heavy Israeli military operation.

The Association members, all former participants of JICA's regional training programs, have made visits to Zaitoun, one of the most heavily damaged areas of Gaza in the recent conflict to collect basic data about the situation and the needs of the local people.

They visited families who lost members during the clashes or whose homes were destroyed.

12 Oct 2007 description

Aid to Palestinian refugees was the subject of talks between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Sadako Ogata and Karen Koning AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), on October 5.

UNRWA provides education, health care, relief, social, and other services to 4.4 million Palestinian refugees living in five regions; Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

09 May 2007 description

A recent 'free medical day' sponsored by a JICA Alumni Association could prove to be a 'milestone' toward providing better community health care in the West Bank of Palestine, a leading medical expert predicted.

Scores of local doctors, nurses and pharmacists attended the March 17 event at Jiftlik, some 50 kms north of the major West Bank town of Jericho, and treated more than 1,200 people for a variety of pediatric, obstetric and gynecological problems.

03 Apr 2007 description

As part of an ambitious Japanese initiative to promote greater regional economic cooperation in the Middle East and at the same time strengthen the peace process, Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA) has started three new agricultural and water projects in the Jordan Valley.

The programs, launched at the end of March, include two feasibility studies to establish an agro-industrial park in the Jordan Valley and a related water resource development plan and a third project to strengthen the support system for sustainable agriculture in the region.

They are JICA's first …