Support to "Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development Facility" in Pakistan

June 15, 2005

  1. On June 15, 2005 (Wednesday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 514,019 US dollars (approximately 56.54 million yen) through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the project "Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development Facility" to be implemented in Pakistan by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  2. This project focuses on assisting communities in the northwest region of Pakistan where problems such as water scarcity, wastage of water in irrigated areas and salinity of farm land have seriously affected the people in the region. The project aims at developing community models to promote irrigation and water conservation techniques in arid areas and ensuring sustainability of these models through community training. Also the project emphasizes the importance of giving equal opportunity to women and men to participate in and benefit from activities such as building new irrigation schemes and imparting training to communities.
  3. The project is expected to improve the water supply system in the targeted communities as well as the quality of living of beneficiaries, especially women and children.

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The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 by the initiative of the Government of Japan, with total contributions of approximately 29 billion yen (approximately US$ 256 million) up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted more than 130 UN agencies' projects and programmes that address various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.

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