The government of Japan has teamed up with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support sustainable recovery projects in Beirut almost a year after the disastrous August 4 Beirut Port Explosion.
The city, stunned by the explosion and impacted by health and economic difficulties, will be getting an international response that focuses on strengthening disaster risk management and waste management.
Through the project, the UNDP alongside the support of Japan will find solutions to encourage Lebanon to manage hazardous and electronic waste in an eco-friendly way.
In a statement, the Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon, Takeshi Okubo said, “I am extremely happy to share the news with the Lebanese people that we have launched the important project in partnership with UNDP for reconstruction and recovery from the destructions caused by the Beirut Port blast, which is nearing one year anniversary.”
“As the people [face] unprecedented socio-economic and financial crises in a continuous manner, Japan remains to stand hand in hand with the people of Lebanon in this difficult time,” he added.
According to the UNDP, Japan has contributed over $17 million in support for Lebanon since 2014, making it one of the strongest UNDP partners.
Just days ago, Ambassador Okubo made an empowering personal tweet in the face of Lebanon’s crises, giving hope to the Lebanese people that they are not alone.
In similar news, France just allocated $600 million for a project in the silo area of the Beirut Port.