Margareta Wahlström, Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction and Chief of UNISDR, visited Japan from 8 – 11 September. A press conference was held at Japan National Press Club on 9 September with the participation from a number of media and DRR-related organizations based in Japan. She expressed condolences and sympathies to the people of Japan, particularly to the affected people, on behalf of UNISDR.
Ms. Wahlström explained the purposes of her visit to Japan that included discussions on disaster risk reduction (DRR) issues with Japanese government and relevant agencies, exchange views in relation to the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the site visit to the disaster-stricken area to directly hear from the affected local governments and residents.
Emphasizing that Japan is still a global model of high-standard disaster preparedness and DRR measures by raising some good practices that saved the people’s lives in the recent disaster, she indicated the lessons learned, i.e., the importance to further improve public education and awareness on disaster risks, social integration, and consideration of socio-economic impacts of disasters, besides reinforcing the physical infrastructure. The Japanese experience has a significant impact to the global DRR approaches, therefore, it is expected that Japan will share the lessons learned with the world and keep contributing to advancing the global DRR cooperation and standard.
11 Sep 2011
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Hyogo Liaison Office (UNISDR Hyogo)
Early Warning, Education & School Safety, Urban Risk & Planning, Disaster Risk Management
Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction take place from Africa to the Pacific.