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Updated contact person in Regional Unit for Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific (RUSHSAP)

Dear friends and colleagues,

Greetings from Thailand!

Allow me first to introduce myself to the group: my name is Danny Padilla, Chief of ESD Unit and Liaison Officer at UNESCO Bangkok.

Following Darryl Macer’s departure from UNESCO and pending the arrival of his replacement, I will be Acting Chief of the Regional Unit for Social and Human Sciences in Asia-Pacific (RUSHSAP) working closely with the SHS team  comprising Ms Sophia Sarinya and Ms Siriwan Tanggriwong here in Bangkok. I would be grateful if you could please address any correspondence relating to “UNESCO Youth Forum Looking Beyond Disaster” programme (LBD) to me at d.padilla@unesco.org or discuss the same by calling me at +66-2-391-0577 (extension 344).

While I am new to the unit and still trying to get familiar with its activities, with help from Sophia and Siriwan, I have known the LBD programme  since it was launched, aware of its many initiatives as well as achievements, and amazed at how the network has grown and gotten stronger over the years. It is therefore great pleasure to work with you, continue the excellent work initiated by Darryl, and build on the group’s achievements to carry the programme forward. There is opportunity to enhance our work on disaster risk reduction as well as to strengthen the network.   

As you may know, UNESCO Bangkok’s ESD Unit implements regional activities on climate change and disaster risk reduction education, including the recently-concluded Regional Asia-Pacific ASPnet Project for Japan Solidarity and Disaster Risk Reduction in Education (Abbr. ‘Japan Solidarity Project’, Acronym ‘JSP’). JSP was initiated to provide support to Japan in the post-disaster situation following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011. The project aimed to encourage learners both in Japan and in the Asia-Pacific through solidarity message exchange and also to strengthen the linkages between ASPnet schools in the region. It also set out to increase disaster risk reduction knowledge, while also advocating for and supporting the institutionalisation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) education among UNESCO Member States.

Before I conclude, I would like to inform you that the next LBD Youth Forum is tentatively scheduled to take place in Indonesia in October this year and that relevant information will be communicated to you as soon as available.   

I look forward to meeting you all in person very soon.

Best regards,

Danny Padilla (Mr)
ESD Programme Coordinator and
Liaison Officer
UNESCO Bangkok
920 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel. +6623910577 ext.344 Fax. +6623910866
www.unesco.org/bangkok



05.04.2013