The Government of Japan has allocated $6.9 million to five projects in Iran.
The assistance, aimed at building a “tolerant and stable society” in the region, will go to the following projects over the next five years:
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): $1 million towards the restoration of Lake Urmia “via local community participation in sustainable agriculture practices and biodiversity conservation“;
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): Approximately $2 million for protection and humanitarian assistance for Afghan refugees in Iran;
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC): Approximately $1.9 million for border control, capacity development on investigation and regional and international cooperation on drugs and illicit chemicals, customs cooperation, anti-money laundering (AML) and countering financing of terrorisms in line with UN standards and norms, and FATF recommendations;
- United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO): $0.5 million to promote integration of industries in Chabahar into global/regional markets through upgrading and market access promotion.
- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): $1.5 million for emergency activities in Iran.
(Source: Japanese Embassy in Tehran)
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