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[size=36]JAPAN PROVIDES SUPPORT TO RESTORE CRTICAL SERVICES IN IRAQ’S NEWLY LIBERATED AREAS[/size]
Thursday, 11 April 2019
BAGHDAD, 14 April 2019 – The Government of Japan has awarded close to USD 4 million to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to implement a project aimed at enhancing the living conditions and safety of the Iraqi population living in the newly liberated areas.
The project, “Restoring access to critical urban services in liberated areas,” focuses on restoring access to critical urban services. It is expected that over 100,000 people who live in the newly liberated areas in Anbar, will benefit from the project that will be implemented in coordination with the local authorities and partners. The project will respond to the immediate needs of the communities in providing equipment for solid waste management, rehabilitation of urban water facilities and roads, and provision of renewable energy solutions for critical infrastructure such as health facilities, schools, other public buildings or streets.
H.E. Mr Naofumi Hashimoto, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Iraq said: “Japan has recently decided a new assistance package for Iraq amounting to US$ 63 million, including this project as a contribution to improvement of the living conditions of the returnees in Anbar governorate by restoring access to critical urban services such as water and sanitation, transport, energy and solid waste management. With this package, the total amount of Japan’s assistance to the people affected by the crisis reaches US$ 500 million.”
Usman Akram, Director of UNOPS Operational Hub in Amman said, “we are proud to support returnees and vulnerable host communities in newly liberated areas through innovative energy solutions and solid waste disposal, in partnership with the Government of Japan. Restoring access to critical urban services in liberated areas, where most of the related damage has occurred, is essential in order to ensure that returnees are provided with decent living conditions.”
UNOPS has been active in Iraq since 2004, delivering close to 50 projects worth over $260 million, and supporting more than 500 projects implemented by Iraqi civil society organizations.
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About UNOPS - United Nations Office of Project Services
UNOPS helps the UN and its partners provide peace and security, humanitarian and development solutions. UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. UNOPS services cover infrastructure, project management, procurement, financial management and human resources. Our partners call on us to supplement their own capacities, improve speed, reduce risks, boost cost-effectiveness and increase quality.
The UNOPS Hub in Amman covers Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen, and implements projects in partnership with bilateral donors, national governments, and other UN agencies.
For Press Inquiries, please contact:
NchidziS@unops.org Tel: +962 6 5902100 (UNOPS)
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[size=36]UNIDO, Japan to boost economic resilience and long-term stability for IDPs and returnees in Iraq[/size]
Sunday, 14 April 2019
NINEVEH GOVERNORATE, Iraq, 12 April 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Japan are teaming up to foster the social stabilization and economic resilience of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees in the Nineveh Governorate of Iraq. This is one of nine new projects implemented by UNIDO which Japan has recently agreed to fund, totalling US$5.8 million.
The Nineveh Governorate hosts the highest number of IDPs and returnees out of all Governorates in Iraq. The families and individuals returning to their towns often face a lack of livelihoods, social cohesion and security. With the highest countrywide poverty rates linked with unemployment and food insecurity, hardships are exacerbated for IDPs, returnees, and host communities alike. UNIDO and Japan have therefore partnered to harness the productive capacities of IDPs and returnees through entrepreneurship and technical skills upgrading, as well as to contribute to institutional capacity-building to ensure long-term and sustainable assistance to civil society.
“There is an urgent need to revive the local economy and generate employment opportunities for conflict-affected people and communities, in particular IDPs and returnees, in order to ensure livelihoods and social stability for all,” said UNIDO Project Manager Noriko Takahashi.
Stavros Papastavrou, UNIDO Project Manager, added that: “In the Nineveh Governorate of Iraq, there is a tremendous need to support the re-establishment of the most vital components of civil society and to restore the technical capacities of governmental institutions with an overall goal to foster socio-economic revival in a sustainable way.”
The project aims to revitalize micro and small enterprises that were operational before the crisis, establish new income-generation activities, and provide technical skills training for youth. In addition, the upgrading of vocational training centres and national institutions will ensure long-term institutional capacity-building contributing to the overall resettlement and stabilization of the local economy.
Naofumi Hashimoto, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Iraq said: “Japan has recently decided on a new assistance package for Iraq amounting to USD 63 million, including this project as a contribution to enhancing employment and food security. With this package, the total amount of Japan’s assistance to the people affected by the crisis reaches USD 500 million.”
For more information, please contact:
Noriko Takahashi, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Human Security Division
Stavros Papastavrou, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO Agro-Industries Technology Division
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