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Ethiopia: Japan provides over US$5.8 million to support UNIDO projects

Source: UNIDO
Country: Ethiopia, Gabon, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Japan, Lebanon, Liberia, occupied Palestinian territory, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic

VIENNA, 11 March 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has welcomed an announcement by the Government of Japan that it will contribute over US$5.8 million to nine projects in Ethiopia, Gabon, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, South Sudan, the State of Palestine and the Syrian Arab Republic. These UNIDO projects promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development by taking a human security approach. The concept of human security is closely related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as it focuses on people and the ambitious goal to "leave no one behind".

UNIDO’s concept of inclusive and sustainable industrial development is included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in Goal 9 to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. UNIDO’s mission echoes Goal 9 but also aligns with other SDGs, including those that are human security-related.

A kick-off ceremony, hosted by UNIDO Director General LI Yong and Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano, the Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, has taken place in the presence of representatives from recipient countries.

“We thank the Government of Japan for the trust placed in us to deliver tangible results in close cooperation with all involved partners,” said UNIDO Director General Li. “The projects we are unveiling today are going to address the inequalities faced by the most vulnerable populations, inequalities that are preventing them from reaching economic empowerment.”

Ambassador Kitano expressed appreciation for UNIDO’s role “as a platform connecting recipient countries, donor countries and the private sector". He also said these nine projects “contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, and at the same time, embody such important concepts as human security and the humanitarian-development nexus".

The project in Ethiopia builds on the outcomes of the first phase of the project, funded last year. It continues activities to improve the water supply, public health and general environmental quality through an innovative water sanitation system, which utilizes environmentally-friendly slow sand filtration and photo-voltaic electricity-generating technologies.

In Gabon, the project will strengthen food security and food quality to improve livelihoods, especially for women. It will provide direct technical assistance to inspection and market surveillance institutions, as well as to small-scale food producers in order to comply with international standards and promote awareness of the importance of quality with consumers and the private sector.

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the project will promote the integration of the fishery and ancillary industries in Chabahar in the southern province of Sistan-Balochistan into regional and global markets through the capacity building of local institutions, the upgrading of enterprises in terms of quality, productivity and resource efficiency, and the enhancing of market access.

The project in Iraq will draw on the expertise of UNIDO in harnessing the productive capacities of internally-displaced persons and returnees through entrepreneurship and upgrading of technical skills. It aims to contribute to social stabilization and economic resilience in the Nineveh Governorate. In recent years, UNIDO has implemented several projects in Iraq with support from Japan.

The project in Lebanon will build on the results achieved in three previous interventions in the north of Lebanon to create economic opportunities and jobs in the construction sector, particularly among host and refugee communities. It will support the establishment of a vocational and skills training centre.

In Liberia, a project implemented in Nimba county will promote social stabilization by creating jobs and livelihoods for vulnerable people and communities, with a particular focus on youth. In targeting the wood and furniture industry, the project follows the Government of Liberia’s key priority areas for economic growth.

In South Sudan, the project will be implemented in Juba and its urban and peri-urban neighbourhoods. It will support agro-value chain development to create employment and income opportunities for internally-displaced persons and their host communities by providing skills and entrepreneurship training and by establishing the basic facilities for agro-processing.

A project will also be implemented in the State of Palestine to enhance the support for the creative garment and textile industry in the northern region of the West Bank. It aims to improve livelihoods and job opportunities, particularly for youth, and to support the development of local value chains.

In the Syrian Arab Republic, UNIDO will again partner with the UN Development Programme as lead agency, and with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization to maintain and improve Syria's human capital in various fields by providing multi-sectoral training opportunities to upgrade skills and knowledge for resilience building.

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South Sudan: South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update (16-28 February 2019)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS 16-28 February 2019

Refugee pupils get top-10 score for South Sudan Primary School ...

Sudan: Sudan – Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #2, Fiscal Year (FY) 2019

Source: US Agency for International Development
Country: Chad, South Sudan, Sudan, United States of America


• Protests continue in Sudan amid national state of emergency

• Deteriorating economic conditions continue to worsen food securi...

South Sudan: Women work for a future without war in South Sudan

Source: Save the Children
Country: South Sudan

South Sudan one of the toughest countries to be a woman
Only 16% of girls over the age of 15 are literate in comparison to two fifths (40%) of males.[1]
Last year, 45% of girls were married before they tu...

South Sudan: South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update (1-15 February 2019)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS 1-15 February 2019

UNHCR registers over 1,400 refugee new arrivals in Unity: UNHCR...

South Sudan: WFP South Sudan: Food Assistance for Assets, February 2019

Source: World Food Programme
Country: South Sudan

Although insecurity prevails in some parts of South Sudan, there are clear pockets of stability where a resilience building and livelihoods approach is essential to strengthening local communities’ and...

South Sudan: UNHCR South Sudan Factsheet – January 2019

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan

300+ Refugees and IDPs received relief packages across South Sudan in January.

1,600+ Refugees relocated to Pamir and Ajoung Thok refugee camp in January.

1,300+ Sudanese refugee new arrivals registered in January in Unity

Working with Partners in 2019

■ UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

■ In the refugee response, the main government counterparts are the Ministry of Interior and the Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA). Implementing partners in 2019 are: Action Africa Help International (AAHI), Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA), Association of Christian Resource Organisation Serving Sudan (ACROSS), Agence d'Aide à la Coopération Technique et au Développement (ACTED), CARE International, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Humanitarian Development Consortium (HDC), International Medical Corps (IMC), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Relief International (RI), Samaritan’s Purse (SP), Save the Children International (SCI), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), and World Vision International (WVI).

■ In the IDP response, the main government counterpart is the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC). Implementing partners in 2019 are: Action Africa Help International (AAHI), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Humanity & Inclusion (HI), Humanitarian Development Consortium (HDC), INTERSOS, Nile Hope, Hope Restoration (HRSS), Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Women Development Group (WDG), IsraAID, and International Rescue Committee (IRC).

■ Within the Inter-Agency Cluster System for IDP response, UNHCR in South Sudan is the Protection Cluster Lead (with NRC co-lead), Co-Lead of the CCCM Cluster along with IOM and ACTED, and undertakes active participation in the Shelter/NFI Cluster.

■ On the prevention of statelessness, UNHCR’s main counterpart is the Directorate of Nationality, Passports, and Immigration (DNPI).

■ UNHCR maintains operational partnerships with CAFOD, Caritas, Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), FAO, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), MEDAIR, Médecins Sans Frontières (France, Belgium, Swiss, Holland), Mentor Initiative, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), OXFAM, REACH, UNAIDS, UNOCHA, UN-Habitat, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNMAS, UNMISS, WFP, WHO, Women for Women International and UN Women.

Uganda: South Sudan refugees get Shs33b

Source: Monitor-Uganda
Country: Republic of Korea, South Sudan, Uganda
By Paul Tajuba

Kampala. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), have pulled together $9 million (Shs33billion) to su...

World: A Call to Action: Transforming the Global Refugee System

Source: Refugee Council
Country: Bangladesh, Colombia, Germany, Guatemala, Libya, Myanmar, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, World, Yemen

World Refugee Council Calls for Major Actions to Transform the Global Refugee System

January 24, 2019...

Central African Republic: Central African Republic: Humanitarian Response Plan, January-December 2019

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Sudan


Despite peace-building efforts, CAR is sinking into a...

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Democratic Republic of the Congo UNHCR Operational Update, 1 – 31 January 2019

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Zambia

Armed clashes in South Sudan forced hundreds of South Sudanese people to seek refuge in border ...

South Sudan: The displaced in Wau getting ready to return home: ‘When I go home, I will do business and cultivate my own food’

Source: UN Mission in South Sudan
Country: South Sudan
The UN Mission in South Sudan is finalizing preparations to repatriate more than 20 people from the Greater Upper Nile who had sought sanctuary at its base in Wau.

The returnees will be flown to t...

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