Ambassador Sumi participated in a press briefing devoted to Japan’s new assistance through international organizations

  On February 19 Ambassador Sumi, together with the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko and UN Resident Coordinator Neal Walker, participated in a press-conference devoted to the provision of Japan’s new assistance through international organizations aimed at boosting recovery of eastern Ukraine.
  This assistance amounting to around USD 3.6 million will be implemented by UNDP (United Nations Development Program), UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), IOM (International Organization for Migration), UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services) and WHO (World Health Organization). It includes reconstruction of houses and medical facilities in eastern regions of Ukraine, professional training for IDPs, assistance for business, psychological support, supply of medical and digital radio equipment, as well as an armored car and protective closing for the company “Voda Donbasu”.
  During the press briefing, Ambassador Sumi said he is very happy that Japan continues to provide assistance to eastern regions. He noted that since the Maidan events Japan has been steadily supporting Ukraine having allocated around USD 1.86 billion, including USD 45 million provided to eastern regions through international organizations. Ambassador Sumi also mentioned about his frequent visits to Donbas where Japan’s assistance is implemented. He said that during his last visit to Kurdyumivka village, which took place on February 12, he had a chance to see the happy faces of local people whose houses after being damaged or destroyed due to the conflict were renovated with the financial assistance from Japan implemented by UNHCR.

Ambassador Sumi (L), Vice Prime Minister Hennadii Zubko (M) and UN Resident Coordinator Neal Walker (R)

Commemorative photo with representatives of international organizations (from left: UNOPS, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Resident Coordinator Neal Walker, Vice Prime Minister Zubko, Ambassador Sumi, UNHCR, WHO, IOM)