Kyiv, Ukraine, 31 March 2017 (UNHCR) – The Government of Japan has provided 330,000 USD to UNHCR for shelter repairs for conflict affected population in 2017 in eastern Ukraine. This contribution was announced during the official press conference in Kyiv on Friday, 31 March.
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In 2017, the Government of Japan, the Government of Ukraine, the United Nations in Ukraine, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will undertake joint efforts to conduct recovery and peace-building activities in order to support people living in conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine. Six projects are funded by the Government of Japan totaling USD 3.90 million.
"As of 2014 Government of Japan provides assistance in conducting humanitarian projects and projects on infrastructure. For instance, project on modernization of Bortnychi aeration station received 1 billion of US dollars of support; 300 million of US dollars were provided for recovery of regions in the Eastern Ukraine, granting medical equipment to hospitals in the Eastern Ukraine, humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons. We are grateful to Japanese partners for systematic and stable support to our country. This result in conducting projects became possible due to fruitful cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and Government of Japan together with international organizations. Assistance projects are conducted in accordance with a concrete action plan, confirmed by all parties” – said Hennadii Zubko, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Regional Development, Building and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine.
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“There are many people today in Ukraine who need this kind of assistance and support to recovery. I am glad that the Japanese assistance starting this year will contribute to alleviate the suffering of the people of Ukraine. Japan believes that people in NGCA as well as GCA have the right to receive the support by Ukrainian Government and international communities. The policy of Japan for the occupied territory is the policy of inclusiveness. We are against any actions which run against the policy” - said Shigeki Sumi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine.
The armed conflict that started in Eastern Ukraine in April 2014 has severely affected social and economic conditions in Donetska and Luhanska oblasts. Largely unnoticed, the conflict continues to trigger humanitarian needs, claims lives and results in damage to critical civilian infrastructure. More than three years of crisis have weakened people’s ability to cope. Protracted displacement is a challenge and lack of livelihood opportunities forces some IDPs to return to insecure areas. An estimated 3.8 million people in Eastern Ukraine are in need of humanitarian assistance, and their protection remains a key concern.
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“It is hard to see that the conflict continues. Even while we hope for a peaceful settlement, we focus on urgent actions to help people rebuild their lives. Millions of Ukrainians suffer from the damages to hospitals, schools and vital infrastructures as well as to their homes. The country owes a deep thanks to Japan for its generous contributions, which the United Nations system, hand in hand with government counterparts and local people, transform into results that are measured in livelihoods re-created, in social infrastructure re-built, and in a stronger sense of community,”– said Neal Walker, Humanitarian Coordinator, UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine.
Six organizations receive funding from the Government of Japan: UNDP (USD 2.28 million), IOM (USD 0.97 million), UNICEF (USD 0.87 million), UNOPS (USD 0.62 million), UNHCR (USD 0.33 million), IFRC (USD 0.12 million).