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UNESCO Bangkok expressing solidarity with the people of Japan

The UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education expresses its solidarity with the people of Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation past Friday. Our deep condolences in this time of intense loss go out to all those affected.

As a nation highly susceptible to hazards, Japan has devoted significant resources to disaster preparedness and mitigation through practical disaster management, academic research, public policy, and civil society activities. Disaster risk reduction has been an integral part of the Japanese education system and a source of inspiration to countries less experienced in this regard. As a consequence of coherent attention to mitigating risk, the knowledge and awareness of the people of Japan in disasters has for long been recognized across the globe and the region, and often looked to as a model for action. UNESCO and its Member States have been on the beneficiary end of this experience and expertise. Indeed, Japan’s generosity in sharing the knowledge in risk reduction and response and extending financial support to other Member States when possible is strongly felt and widely appreciated in the Asia-Pacific region. 

The whole globe is now watching the tragic events set on by the massive earthquake of March 11, 2011 unfold. UNESCO stands ready to support the Government of Japan in its efforts to overcome the crisis and in its reconstruction and recovery efforts.

Gwang-Jo Kim
UNESCO Bangkok