0956 GMT February 28, 2021
The Japanese government has signed two exchange of notes for the country’s grant aid to support projects by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The documents were signed in a ceremony at the Japanese Embassy in Tehran, attended by Aikawa Kazutoshi, the Japanese ambassador to Iran, Ahmadreza Lahijanzadeh, the deputy head of Marine Environment and Wetlands of the Department of Environment, Nabiollah Khounmirzaei, the deputy minister and head of Iran Fishery Organization, Claudio Providas, the representative of UNDP in Iran and Maryam Javanshahraki, the representative of UNIDO in Iran.
In an address to the signing ceremony, the ambassador said, “It is a great honor for me to have this opportunity, on behalf of the government of Japan, to sign two Exchange of Notes for Japan’s Grant Aid to support UNIDO’s and UNDP’s projects in the Islamic Republic of Iran today.”
He added, “As you know, Japan and Iran have been enjoying traditionally friendly relations for a long time. The government of Japan would like to continue to further expand its friendly relations with Iran.”
The government of Japan has decided to donate the amount of ¥676 million ($6.48 million) to Iran for the implementation of the two important projects to be implemented by UNDP and UNIDO, respectively, in the country, namely, ‘The Project for Promoting Environmental Management and Sustainable Livelihoods in Lake Urmia and other Wetlands, and ‘The Project for Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Development of the Yellowfin Tuna Value Chain in Chabahar’.
These two projects are very important cooperation between the two countries in terms of their direct impacts on the daily lives of local residents which indicates Japan’s determination to contribute to the well-being of Iranian nationals, the ambassador stressed.
“In line with the efforts to halt the drying up process and revival of the lake, the government of Japan has been continuously supporting UNDP’s project for the restoration of Lake Urmia via local community participation in sustainable agricultural practices and biodiversity conservation since 2014. In this new project, the knowledge and experiences gathered through all these years will be transferred to the remaining spots of the Lake Urmia basin and it will also be disseminated to other two wetlands in Iran which are facing similar problems.”
He added, “I would like to use this opportunity to convey our sincere gratitude to the UN agencies for their valuable collaboration and efforts in facilitating the government of Japan’s support for the implementation of the projects in the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The ambassador noted, “As you may know, the government of Japan has allocated $27.5 million last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for the implementation of some of the UN agencies’ emergency projects in Iran.”
“In addition, we have already approved six new proposals from UN-Habitat, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNFPA, WFP and IPPF under the government of Japan’s ‘Supplementary Budget Scheme’ for Fiscal Year 2020, with a total amount of about $7 million.”