Japan's Contribution to the United Nations' Pilot Project for Conflict Management in the Framework of Electoral Assistance in Nigeria

May 22, 2001

  1. On May 21 (Mon), the Government of Japan decided to disburse 80,000 U.S. dollars from Japan's contribution to the Trust Fund in Support of Special Missions and other activities related to preventive diplomacy and peacemaking established by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in order to assist the United Nations' Pilot Project for Conflict Management in the Framework of Electoral Assistance in Nigeria.

  2. In the Federal Republic of Nigeria, local and presidential elections are to be held during the years between 2002 and 2003. This project, designed for the purpose of democratical and smooth implementation of those elections, includes the convening of a conference for discussion of conflict management measures in Nigeria and of the potential of the civil society in addressing these issues through civil education. The contribution provided this time will be spent on organizing the conference.

  3. The Government of Japan considers that assisting such United Nations' projects as part of its support for Nigeria's democratization process since May 1999, when the country shifted back to civilian rule, contributes to strengthening the ongoing democratization process, preventing recurrence of conflict, and promoting peace-building in Nigeria.

  4. This time's electoral assistance by Japan for Nigeria will be the second support, following the first one provided in 1999.
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