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Establishment of the Asian Disaster Reduction Center
The United Nations has been promoting the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) throughout the 1990s to reduce damage from natural disasters worldwide through international cooperative initiatives. It is crucial to promote international cooperation at the level of regions that share aspects of disaster vulnerability and disaster countermeasures to add further momentum to existing disaster reduction counter-measures triggered by the "IDNDR". On the basis of the lessons from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, the need to promote multinational disaster reduction cooperation in the Asian region was stressed at the ministerial-level Asian Natural Disaster Reduction Conference held in Kobe City in December 1995, attended by delegates from 28 countries in Asia and other regions. The Asian Disaster Reduction Center has been established in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, to facilitate exchange of disaster reduction experts from each country and concerned bodies, accumulate and provide disaster reduction information, and carry out research into multinational disaster reduction cooperation as the focus of this initiative.
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