Assistance for "Social and Economic Empowerment of Mine-affected communities: Removing the Threat of Landmines and UXOs and Promoting Post-demining Rehabilitation" Project in Lebanon

August 31, 2006

  1. On the 31st of August (Thursday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 1,992,100 US dollars (approximately 225.10 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled "Social and Economic Empowerment of Mine-affected communities: Removing the Threat of Landmines and UXOs and Promoting Post-demining Rehabilitation" that will be implemented by the United Nations Mine Action Services (UNMAS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Republic of Lebanon.
  2. This decision is announced on the same day by Mr. Katsutoshi Kaneda, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, who attends as representative of the Government of Japan the International Donor Conference for Lebanon hosted by the Government of Sweden. Following the recent situation in Lebanon, the Government of Japan is considering to extend its utmost assistance, recognizing that the stability in Lebanon is indispensable for the attainment of the peace and security in the Middle East. This project is part of Japan's response.
  3. In the communities in south Lebanon, landmines and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) have caused many amputees and been threats to people's their survival, livelihood and dignity. The presence of mines and UXOs not only represents clear physical threats but also generates an environment of limited freedom of movement. This project aims at addressing these threats by implementing an integrated approach to mine action involving social and economic rehabilitation in the communities of south Lebanon. The following activities will be implemented;
    • Recruiting, training and deploying local deminers to clear contaminated areas of landmines and UXOs to contribute to the communities' sense of ownership of the initiative and their empowerment;
    • Establishing dialogues among all stakeholders through workshops to achieve consensus on priorities and post-clearance activities to ensure the maximum benefit to the communities;
    • Enabling the communities to improve their livelihoods through various community-driven workshops and trainings, thereby contributing to sustainable peace and stability in post-clearance communities.
  4. This project is expected to benefit the reconstruction and stability of communities in south Lebanon.

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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 160 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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