His Excellency Mr. Koro Bessho (right), Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, and Mourad Wahba (left), Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, at the signing ceremony in New York

New York - The Regional Bureau for Arab States of the United Nations Development Programme signed today an agreement with Japan to expand efforts to strengthen resilience of communities affected by the crisis in Syria. The agreement will be implemented by UNDP Syria and builds on ongoing support by the Govern­­ment of Japan for UNDP’s efforts to reach the most vulnerable people across the country.

The new project will be funded with 652,000,000 yen (approximately USD $6m at the time of signing), and will focus on rehabilitation of basic community infrastructure and support for livelihoods. The project builds on Japan’s support for UNDP work targeting vulnerable people across the country, most notably in supporting rehabilitation of electricity grids and livelihoods programmes for vulnerable communities.

In line with the New Way of Working guiding United Nations operations in crisis settings, the project aims to strengthen the linkages between humanitarian response and support for resilience.

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Theodore Murphy: Theodore.murphy@undp.org


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