Japan’s Assistance for National Emergency Management Office through Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilience Project in Palau with UNDP: the Fifth Handover Ceremony Took Place


On June 25, 2021, National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) of Palau held the fifth official handover ceremony for Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilience Project in Palau. Japan initiated this project, funding 7.5 million US dollars, coordinating with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to improve the country’s resilience to natural disasters and climate change impact.
The ceremony was attended by Honorable Uduch Sengebau Senior, Vice President and Minister of State of Palau, His Excellency KARASAWA Akira, Ambassador of Japan, Honorable Charles Obichang, Minister of Infrastructure and Industries, Ms. Aleyda Valdes, UNDP Country Project Coordinator Palau, as well as other key officials of the Government of Palau.
The ceremony presented a retrofit of National Emergency Operation Center at NEMO with the provision of furniture and a 3.5-ton truck, worth about 264 thousand US dollars in total. This assistance will allow the officials at NEMO to efficiently coordinate emergency responses.
At the ceremony, Vice President Sengebau Senior stated that the project would greatly enhance disaster response capability of Palau, and expressed her appreciation towards the Government of Japan and UNDP for their timely assistance.
Ambassador Karasawa stated that this retrofit would enable the officials to work productively and effectively in a better condition, and the truck will help them to deal with a disaster in a timely manner.
Embassy of Japan hopes that NEMO will take good care of the newly retrofitted building, furniture and the truck for a long period of time.