Additional Assistance to Emergency Grant Aid to Pakistan through International Organizations for Large-Scale Earthquake Disaster

February 9, 2006

  1. Taking into account the continued needs for emergency humanitarian assistance in the afflicted areas in Pakistan, which sustained a large-scale earthquake disaster, Foreign Minister Taro Aso announced Japan's additional assistance of 20 million dollars through international organizations when he visited the country in January this year. Following the passage of the supplementary budget in the Diet on February 3, the Government of Japan decided to extend the following assistance through eight international organizations. The disbursement to the organizations will be made promptly.

    (1) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): 5 million dollars
    (Early recovery and reconstruction: emergency assistance for housing recovery)

    (2) World Food Programme (WFP): 2.45 million dollars
    (Logistics: transportation services by helicopters and airplanes)

    (3) United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF): 2 million dollars
    (Nutrition: distribution of nutritional supplements, public health: vaccination)

    (4) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): 1.3 million dollars
    (Protection: distribution of hygiene and sanitation kits, counseling)

    (5) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): 1.3 million dollars
    (Education: addressing the learning readiness and psychosocial needs of children)

    (6) United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT): 150,000 dollars
    (Shelter: distribution of emergency winter shelter kits)

    (7) International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): 5 million dollars
    (Emergency medical assistance)

    (8) The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC): 2.8 million dollars
    (Distribution of emergency assistance goods: tents for cold weather and other items)

  2. The assistance will be provided to meet the serious humanitarian needs in the harsh conditions of winter based on the United Nations' flash appeal and in accordance with the concept of 'Human Security' aimed at protecting individuals and capacity building for self-reliance, a basic policy of Japan's humanitarian assistance. Specifically, Japan will extend the aid, relying on the expertise of each organization, in the areas that have the highest need for assistance such as distribution of emergency humanitarian aid materials including shelters, public health and medical care including childcare, and early reconstruction and rebuilding, attaching importance to the most vulnerable groups, namely children, women, the injured and the sick, and people who reside in isolated areas with no easy access to assistance.
  3. For a large-scale earthquake disaster in Pakistan, Japan provided on October 18 (Tue) last year emergency grant aid of eight million dollars in total through five international organizations. With this aid and other recovery and reconstruction assistance, Japan's total assistance announced amounts to about 200 million dollars.
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