Japan’s commitment of $13m for resilience in the Arab States, was signed by Mourad Wahba, Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States; and His Excellency Koro Bessho, Ambassador of Japan to the United Nations

New York– Unprecedented numbers of people are affected by conflicts and humanitarian crisis in the Arab States Region. As partners for development, UNDP and Japan have fully committed to assist populations to be more resilient even under challenging circumstances and strengthen the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.

Today, the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States and the Government of Japan signed agreements outlining Japan’s generous contributions of $5 million to the ‘Project for Strengthening Humanitarian Early Recovery and Resilience in East Ghouta’ in Syria, as well as $8 million to the project ‘Crisis Support for Solid Waste, Water Supply and Sewage Institutions in Aden and Mukalla’ of Yemen.

The project in Syria will focus on supporting the resilience of local populations that are beginning to overcome the severe devastation brought by the war in this area and to restart their livelihoods within the framework of the country’s Humanitarian Response Plan.

The contribution for Yemen will supporting institutional capacity development in Aden and Mukalla, as well as the provision of support for potable water and solid waste management. The two-year project will directly benefit more than 2.5 million Yemenis and will help support human security in the country.

These projects will strengthen the partnership between UNDP and Japan in meeting basic human needs through the support of livelihoods and resilience globally, including across the Arab States region.

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