Japan announced allocating
over $5.2 million for supporting eight projects being implemented by the United
Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Ethiopia, Iraq,
Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia,
Nigeria, Somalia and the Syrian Arab
Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano, the Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna made the remark during a get-together with UNIDO Director General Li Yong.
The eight projects aim to ensure human security for the
most vulnerable populations. By supporting the self-help capacities for
reconstruction of livelihoods of communities, whilst focusing on individual
people and the respect for their identities, the projects will benefit women,
youth, refugees and internally-displaced persons, who suffer from inequality,
marginalization and exclusion.
projects aim to strengthen the humanitarian-development nexus and promoting
inclusive and sustainable industrial development by taking a human security
Kitano affirmed that the projects will “help individuals to live under healthy
conditions, consolidate their livelihoods and with all of this gain optimism
for their future.”
He also expressed appreciation for “UNIDO’s role as a
platform for partnership bringing together recipient countries, donor countries
and the private sector.”
will seek to improve water supply, public health and general environmental
quality by introducing an innovative environmentally-friendly water sanitation
It also supports the Rural WASH Program of the Government
of Ethiopia, which includes the construction of 55,865 new water points and
water supply schemes, and the rehabilitation of 20,010 existing schemes in
rural areas by 2020.
In Iraq, the
project will introduce soft skills training coupled with technical training in
the industrial, trade and agricultural secondary schools. The project will
increase the employability of the upcoming generation within the host
community, refugees and internally-displaced persons.
the project aims to improve social stabilization by enhancing economic
resilience, through the employment of Jordanians from the host communities, and
Syrian refugees, in the textile industry in Irbid and Mafraq. This is achieved
by designing and implementing a comprehensive training program, which
facilitates skills development for income generating activities in the region.
The project in Lebanon aims to create economic
opportunities and jobs in the carpentry and construction sector, particularly
among host and refugee communities in the northern areas of the country.
Building upon previous interventions, the technical assistance focuses on
delivering market-based wood and construction skills training based on the
design of new training modules.
A project in Liberia, implemented in Bassa County, facilitates cooperation between the private sector and transnational corporations in the wood sector by targeting the high unemployment rates, especially among youth.
Technical and vocational training is developed in
collaboration with transnational corporations to increase the entrepreneurial
skills of the local community.
building on a previous project funded by the Government of Japan, the project
aims to further improve senior secondary school education to enable students to
start and manage micro and small businesses. After the successful
implementation of the project, training on trade and entrepreneurship will be
included in the curriculum of all senior secondary schools in Nigeria.
A project will also be implemented in Somalia’s most recently established State, Hirshabelle. Civil war and clan-based conflict have had a profound and adverse impact on the productive capacity of all sectors of the economy. With the goal of contributing to community recovery, stability, economic growth, and preventing conflict, the project shifts the focus from humanitarian-based to sustainable development assistance by delivering technical and vocational skills training to address the nexus between youth unemployment and engagement in violent extremism.
repercussions of the conflict in the Syrian
require the joint efforts of United Nations organizations. Therefore, the
Government of Japan will fund a project that is part of a joint program with
the United Nations Development Program as lead agency. The United Nations
Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme
(UN-HABITAT), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and
the World Health Organization (WHO) are partnering on the program. It aims to
maintain and improve Syrian human capital in various fields by providing
multi-sectoral training opportunities to maintain and upgrade the skills and
knowledge of Syrians for mid- and long-term resilience building. UNIDO conducts
a needs assessment for the clean-up required for early recovery of critical,
productive and industrial infrastructure in the Syrian Arab