-aø MOFA: Contribution to the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for Humanitarian Assistance for North Korea

Contribution to the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for Humanitarian Assistance for North Korea

August 5, 2004

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to provide to North Korea 125,000 tons of food aid through the World Food Programme (WFP) and humanitarian medical assistance worth about seven million dollars through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

  2. At the summit meeting held between Japan and North Korea on May 22, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi told General Secretary Kim Jong-il that Japan would provide 250,000 tons of food aid and ten million dollars' worth of medical assistance to North Korea through international organizations. Arrangements have been made for the assistance following requests from the WFP, UNICEF and WHO. Taking into account the situation in North Korea, including the food shortage which still remains serious, Japan has decided to provide the assistance from the viewpoint of participating in the international community's humanitarian assistance to North Korea.

  3. To the WFP, Japan will contribute about 40 million dollars for food assistance comprising wheat (five tons), rice (48,000 tons), maize (18,500 tons), soybeans (5,000 tons), sugar (2,000 tons) and cooking oil (1,500 tons) for the socially weak such as orphans, pregnant women, infants and the elderly.

  4. To UNICEF, Japan will contribute five million dollars to provide essential medicines and improve medical equipment.

  5. To the WHO, Japan will contribute about two million dollars to provide WHO hospital kits (sterilizers, forceps, scalpels, speculums, syringes, suture thread, gauze, operating tables, etc.) to 30 hospitals.

  6. Each international organization will submit a detailed monitoring report to the Government of Japan to enable appropriate implementation of assistance.
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