Japan has been one of UNHCR’s largest donors and supporters for many years.
Japan has been one of UNHCR’s largest donors and supporters for many years. Historically, consistent funding from the people of Japan has allowed UNHCR to pursue its mandate, and their support of globally important initiatives, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the humanitarian-development-peace-nexus, has exemplified their status as a key supporter of refugees and displaced people. Japan’s dedication to supporting refugees can also be seen in the commitment of Japanese nationals to the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme and the dedication of former UNHCR High Commissioner, Madame Ogata. Most recently, Japan has played a role in the Global Compact on Refugees, paving the way for a future of strengthened cooperation and solidarity with refugees, displaced people, and affected host countries and communities.
Japan’s financial and political support to UNHCR has allowed for effective and efficient action to address acute humanitarian needs, both in emergencies and in protracted situations. Japan has actively promoted the humanitarian-development-peace-nexus as a solution for today’s complex humanitarian crises. Their support has come in the form of funding on both sides of the Nexus; supporting both UNHCR’s humanitarian projects, and development projects by other UN agencies and the Japanese development agency, JICA. Finally, Japan is a major driving force of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and the Global Compact on Refugees.