Japan makes multi-million dollar contribution to aid UN efforts in mine actionListen /
Japan has donated $18 million to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action, continuing its strong commitment to UN Mine Action work. The donation is in line with the Government of Japan's commitment to improving the lives of communities in today's most effected countries.
The contribution from Japan will be used in five UNMAS programmes Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Somalia and South Sudan.
It will support the work of some 13,000 deminers working in Afghanistan. It will also help the United Nations survey and secure huge swaths of territory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to provide risk education to people exposed to explosive hazards. In Libya and Somalia, it will provide support for operations and training for explosive ordnance disposal and clearance. In South Sudan it will allow on-going work, surveying and securing at risk areas, to continue and will expedite clearance of the most contaminated areas.
The Chief of UNMAS Operations Paul Heslop, said "The support from Japan will save lives, increase stability and most importantly bring hope to populations that have lived with fear for too many years".
Donn Bobb, United Nations.