Japan pledges US$ 237.4 million to UNDP for fight against poverty

25 Mar 2015

imageA family living in the Grey Bush informal settlement in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Government of Japan is supporting UNDP’s early recovery efforts in Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Photo: Dylan Lowthian/UNDP

Contribution arrives at pivotal time in global development

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. The funding is in addition to Japan’s other contributions to the Organization in 2015, including for UNDP’s daily operations as well as projects in Tajikistan, Mali and Haiti.

UNDP will use the contribution to launch more than thirty new projects in twenty-eight countries around the world aimed at eradicating poverty and building sustainable livelihoods.

“Japan’s partnership with UNDP is strong and long-lasting. As a trusted partner, we firmly believe our work with UNDP is an investment for humanity, and an investment for the future. These projects will go a long way to improving the lives of people in need.” said H.E. Mr. Motohide Yoshikawa, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations.

Among the new projects that will be funded, some highlights include:

• In Ukraine, support for internally displaced people and economic and social recovery of the Donbas Region.
• In Gambia, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, support for UNDP’s early recovery response to the ourbreak of Ebola Virus Disease.
• In Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, support for rehabilitation of infrastructures affected by landslides and floods and future disaster risk reduction.
• In Syria, support for reliable and safe electricity to respond to the humanitarian needs in crisis affected communities.

“Japan’s leadership and expertise on critical development issues was clearly demonstrated at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which Japan recently hosted. UNDP looks forward to continuing its strong partnership with Japan is what will be a critical year for development.” said the UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

2015 is a vital year for the international development community. This year, UN Member States are set to agree on several critical global issues, including the post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the proposed Sustainable Development Goals that are set to build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as a new global climate change agreement.

A strong and continuing partnership with Japan supports UNDP to target those in need around the world, whilst at the same time helping to shape a future of sustainable development for everyone.

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