UNOPS

11/03/2015

Press release: Japan continues support to Government of Jordan’s response to Syrian refugee crisis with $1.92 million

AMMAN, 11 March 2015 – The Government of Japan has announced two new projects to support the Government of Jordan’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Building on Japan's continuing support to Jordan, the projects will be implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), in partnership with the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate (SRAD) and the Civil Defense Directorate (CD), to assist the Government of Jordan in responding to emergencies, as well as providing safety and security to Syrian refugees and Jordanians.

The Government of Japan will donate four new fully equipped paramedic ambulances, as well as essential vehicles and equipment for use in Azraq refugee camp and surrounding host communities.

"We thank the Government of Japan for their continued support to Jordan," said Ms. Bana Kaloti, Director of UNOPS Sub-Regional Operational Hub in Amman. "The new projects demonstrate Japan's commitment to Jordan and to Syrian refugees in the region."

In 2014, the Government of Japan supported the Government of Jordan through UNOPS with two projects: the provision of ambulances and training for the Civil Defense, and the construction of a Civil Defense Centre in Zaatari refugee camp. "We hope that Japan's sense of responsibility will be significant in maintaining stability and prosperity of Jordan," said H.E. Mr. Shuichi Sakurai, Ambassador of Japan to Jordan. The 2015 projects aim to enhance the capacity of the Government of Jordan to provide emergency services, while helping maintain peace and security in the refugee camps and surrounding communities. These initiatives will help ensure the safety of Syrian refugees and their Jordanian hosts, as well as humanitarian actors providing services in the camp.

UNOPS has been supporting the Government of Jordan's response to the Syrian refugee crisis since 2013, with projects both inside and outside of refugee camps.

The Government of Jordan now hosts nearly 620,000 registered Syrian refugees, and estimates over 1.4 million Syrians in total in the country. The SRAD is responsible for the security, administration and internal matters of Syrian refugees in Jordan. It also coordinates with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in international assistance and relations with international organizations assisting Syrian refugees. The CD helps provide emergency services for Syrian refugees in Jordan including host communities.

 

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Marija Bateman, marijab@unops.org, Tel: +962 797555761