Assistance for "Human Security in Rural Timor Leste"
August 16, 2004
- On August 16 (Mon), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 1,614,630 US dollars (approximately 176 million yen) through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the program "Human Security in Rural Timor Leste" to be implemented in the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).
- This program aims to empower the communities and its members in the rural sub-districts of Atauro, Laulara and Laclo in the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste that have been reratively underdeveloped, by introducing community-led social development projects. Major activities are as follows:
- Rehabilitating small-scale irrigation schemes and fishponds;
- Providing knowledge for market cultivation, animal breeding and preservation of breed of fishes;
- Improving access to drinking water supply, including sinking wells;
- Providing improved cook stoves and demonstrating the use of them;
- Electrifying selected project sites;
- Introducing a fully functional mobile health clinic (utilizing a vessel).
- This project is expected to enhance the income of people and improve basic living conditions in the rural districts in the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste by developing industries and contribute to the stability of the community in which many refugees and displaced people are living.
Japan established the Trust Fund for Human Security in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999, with total contributions of 25.9 billion yen (approximately US$ 227 million) up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted numerous projects of UN agencies that address various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of Human Security.
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