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UN project “Isolated and Disenfranchised Communities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” receives new financial assistance

UN project “Isolated and Disenfranchised Communities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” receives new financial assistance
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On Monday 9 January 2006, the Government of Japan announced its decision to provide financial assistance totalling 5,276,745 US dollars through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security[1] to the project “Isolated and Disenfranchised Communities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” which will be implemented by several United Nations Agencies, including UNESCO.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, welcomed this announcement as a “new positive commitment to improve dramatically the quality of social life for vulnerable people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as well to contribute to peace in this region”.

“This financial assistance could help UNESCO to implement several activities launched by the Organization in the framework of its strategy for reconstruction and rehabilitation in the Middle East”, Mr Matsuura added. He also highlighted the fact that this announcement “occurs at a critical moment for the peace process”.

Mr Matsuura also expressed his satisfaction that this funding will allow “a better and more integrated approach of the UN system in favour of the Palestinian people.” He added: “We must strengthen our cooperation. The Trust Fund for Human Security is a most suitable tool for promoting collaborative work. It creates new opportunities for all who share the same vision of the future of the Middle East”.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info n°002-2006
  • 10-01-2006
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