Assistance by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to the Project in Ecuador
- On July 1st, the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security, which was established through the initiative of the Government of Japan, decided to extend assistance totaling 2,099,079 US dollars (approximately 172 million yen) to a project entitled "Strengthening local capacities for peace and development through a human security approach in the northern border zone of Ecuador".
The project is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This project aims at strengthening peace and development through improving various types of security, such as personal, economic, community, political, health and education security. The activities will include the following:
- Strengthening local capacities and livelihoods opportunities for prevention of human trafficking and forced recruitment of youth by illegal armed groups.
- Improving local capacities for social integration and peaceful resolution of conflicts in the Northern Border Zone of Ecuador (NBZ) Provinces of Sucumbios and Esmeraldas.
- Increasing access of the most vulnerable groups to health and education services in the NBZ.
- This project is expected to promote the human security of the vulnerable population such as victims of violence, youth, women, refugees and small farmers in Ecuador.