Assistance for United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security Project "Enhancing Human Security in the Former Nuclear Test Site of Semipalatinsk" in Kazakhstan

January 10, 2007

  1. On the 20th of December (Wednesday) 2006, the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 2,033,661 US dollars (approximately 229.8 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled "Enhancing Human Security in the Former Nuclear Test Site of Semipalatinsk" that will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  2. A long-time nuclear testing area of the former Soviet Union, Semipalatinsk has encountered challenging problems such as economic insecurity, declining education and health care, and shrinking financial resources after the closure of the test site in 1991. This project aims at assisting the people and communities in Semipalatinsk by promoting access to basic health care, ensuring minimum living standards and empowering local capacity. The following activities will be implemented:
    • Strengthening health care workers by equipping them with knowledge and skills on maternal, neonatal and early childhood care;
    • Empowering local governments and NGOs through training to provide quality social services and education;
    • Building capacities and business skills of local entrepreneurs through vocational/ technological training to generate income and employment opportunities;
    • Increasing access to micro credit to guaranteeing opportunities to start and develop small businesses in poor rural areas;
    • Supporting NGOs through providing small grants to deliver social services and to meet communities' needs.
  3. This project is expected to assist the sustainable recovery of the livelihoods of people and communities in Semipalatinsk.

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The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 at the initiative of the Government of Japan. Since then, total contributions have reached approximately 33.5 billion yen (US$ 297.7 million). The Trust Fund has supported more than 160 projects from UN agencies, each one addressing various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.

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