Assistance for "Joint Program for the Support of Human Security in Honduras" Project

July 13, 2006

  1. On the 13th of July (Thursday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 1,286,753 US dollars (approximately 142.85 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled "Joint Program for the Support of Human Security in Honduras" that will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO).
  2. Honduras is one of the Latin American countries with the highest indicators of violence. Armed violence and domestic violence against women happen frequently and their negative impacts on the security of people, in particular on the youth, have become serious. This project aims at reducing the level of violence among youth in the municipalities of Comayagua, Choluteca and Juticalpa. The following activities will be implemented:
    • Creating and strengthening the local networks to prevent and reduce violence against women and the youth in the abovementioned three municipalities;
    • Developing an integral policy for preventing violence, especially gender-based violence, which includes holding violence awareness workshops and providing counselling for the youth;
    • Enhancing people's skills for financial management through the creation of a micro-credit revolving fund;
    • Providing vocational training for the youth.
  3. This project is expected to contribute to reduce the level of violence and improve the livelihoods of the youth in the abovementioned municipalities in Honduras.

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The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 at the initiative of the Government of Japan. Since then, total contributions have reached approximately 31.5 billion yen (US$ 279.7 million). The Trust Fund has supported more than 150 projects from UN agencies, each one addressing various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.

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