Assistance for Supporting Chernobyl-Affected Individuals in Ukraine

February 16, 2004

  1. On February 16 (Monday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 1,214,249.49 US dollars through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the project "Helping Individuals Address their Fears, Problems and Risks in Chernobyl-Affected Communities" to be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This project aims to support communities in the Chernobyl-affected areas in Ukraine.

    Main Activities
    (1) Building Self-Reliance and Dignity
    This activity is to help restore the sense of independence and dignity of members of the Chernobyl-affected communities, who suffer from symptoms of apathy and depression, by promoting their participation in locally-run improvement projects of public facilities including schools and medical facilities. The estimated number of beneficiaries is 20,000 individuals in about 70 communities.

    (2) Creating Livelihoods and Economic Opportunities
    Given the decline of agriculture industry after the nuclear accident, this activity will promote revitalization of the local economy through establishing small economic projects and providing local business training programs. The estimated numbers of beneficiaries are 500 entrepreneurs and 100 individuals.

    (3) Protecting Threatened Lives in Contaminated Zones
    The objective of this activity is to support local radiation awareness on internal radiation contamination and to motivate local people to take an active role in building community radiation safety programs. The estimated numbers of beneficiaries are 30 communities and 6,000 individuals.

  2. This project is expected to address the various problems that the victims of the Chernobyl accident are facing and to promote the revitalization of local economies.

(Note)
Japan established the Trust Fund for Human Security in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999, with total contributions of 22.9 billion yen up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted numerous projects of UN agencies that address various threats against human lives, livelihoods and dignity, from the perspective of Human Security.

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