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Source: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
8 March 2012

UNICEF welcomes Japan’s donation in support of Palestinian children

RAMALLAH, occupied Palestinian territory, 8 March 2012 – The Government of Japan has stepped up with a major donation of nearly 16 million USD to provide critical support to Palestinian children and women in partnership with UNICEF.

“This donation demonstrates Japan’s enduring commitment to improve the lives and well-being of children all over the world, and most especially here in the occupied Palestinian territory”, said Ms. Jean Gough, UNICEF-oPt Special Representative, after learning the contribution was confirmed. “We are very grateful to the Government of Japan for their generous gesture of support and their exceptional spirit of solidarity, one year after Japan itself was hit by a Tsunami”, Gough added.

The Japanese contribution will empower UNICEF to address the immediate needs of Palestinian children and mothers in a wide range of areas which are in line with the 2011-2013 Programme Plan of Action signed between the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development and UNICEF in December 2010. The Ministry has expressed its gratitude for the Japanese contribution. Specifically the funding will provide the following:

“The Japanese Government and its people are determined to support the well-being of all Palestinian children and women”, said Mr. Naofumi Hashimoto, Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority. “Our support to UNICEF also aims at helping the Palestinian people develop the capacities to provide basic services to children”, he added.

At the global level, Japan is one of the five largest contributors to UNICEF.

For more information, please contact:

Catherine Weibel, UNICEF – Tel: 02 58 40404 -
Monica Awad, UNICEF – Tel: 02 58 40405 -
Diala Zaineddin-Dodin, Japan Representative Office – Tel: 02-241-3120 -

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