WFP WELCOMES US$60 MILLION DONATION FROM JAPAN TO FELLOW ASIANS
YOKOHAMA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed "the most generous" contribution from the Government of Japan to WFP's emergency operation to assist people affected by the tsunami. The donation of US$60 million, confirmed today, is the largest single contribution made by a donor country to WFP's US$256 million emergency appeal, which incorporates emergency food aid and logistics support for six months.
"This most generous, swift donation from Japan will allow us to deliver the desperately needed food aid quickly," said Mihoko Tamamura, Director of WFP Office in Japan. "Many people have lost everything, including their homes and livelihoods, so this timely contribution will be extremely valuable in helping fellow Asians get back on their feet. We would like to support vulnerable population including affected children."
US$50 million will be spent on emergency food aid for Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and other countries, and US$10 million is to be spent on building up logistics support.
WFP Executive Director, James T. Morris, will visit Japan from 18 to 20 January to attend the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, to deliver a statement on WFP's role in emergency preparedness and disaster reduction. He will take this opportunity to personally thank the Government of Japan for their most generous contribution.
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