On the Japanese Quake and Tsunami

On behalf of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) I would like to express my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the people of Japan for the catastrophic losses inflicted by the powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck north-eastern Japan on 11 March 2011. In the exceptionally difficult circumstances that ensued, the Government and its people have risen to the challenge to provide assistance to the hundreds of thousands of persons affected by the natural disasters and to deal with the immediate threat posed by the nuclear plant crisis.

Japan’s readiness, resilience and sheer courage in the face of such adversity gives comfort and inspiration to other countries in the region and across the world, countries that may someday face disasters of their own. The lessons learned and experiences gained as Japan rebuilds and recovers from this unprecedented disaster will be invaluable to reducing disaster vulnerability in the region. ESCAP has been at the forefront in promoting disaster risk reduction as an integral part of securing inclusive and sustainable development for the people of the Asia-Pacific region, and together with our members, associate members and partners, we will redouble our efforts in this common endeavor.