Japan thanked for US$215.3 m contribution for crisis prevention and recovery, poverty alleviation and governance in 22 countries
Tokyo – The Government of Japan has contributed US$215.3 million towards the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) work in restoring peace and stability, reducing disaster risk, fighting poverty and improving governance in countries in transition throughout Africa, Asia, the Arab States and the Caribbean.
The aid money, from Japan’s 2012 supplementary budget, is aimed at ensuring human security for the most vulnerable populations.
The funds will support UNDP projects in the Arab States and Africa – from creating new jobs and livelihoods in Egypt and Jordan, to strengthening the security sector in the Sahel region and reducing poverty in eight other African countries.
Over half of the aid will go towards Afghanistan, while US$30.8 million is allocated to eight countries in the Arab States, with US$27.5 million to 11 African countries, and US$14 million to Myanmar.
“We are honored by the generosity of the Japanese government and people,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.
“Japan’s commitment to fighting poverty and building resilient societies, particularly in countries that have emerged from crisis or are undergoing challenging transitions, will help some of the most vulnerable populations around the world.”
Since 2008, Japan’s total contribution to UNDP has increased dramatically, making it the largest bilateral donor for the past four years since 2009.
Last month marked the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast region of Japan. Despite difficult times, the country has not wavered in its support for sustainable human development.
In 2013, UNDP and the Government of Japan are marking two decades of cooperation to promote development in Africa, through the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD) framework.
The TICAD V forum will be held in Yokohama on 1-3 June 2013 with participation by heads of state from across Africa.
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