Asian Disaster Reduction Center
Annual Report No.4 (2001)
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soon reach the four-year mark since the start of the Asian Disaster
Reduction Center (ADRC) and the time has come to publish our 4th
Annual Report. Since January this year, ADRC has been operating under a
new system with new leadership in Mr. Satoru Nishikawa as Executive
Director. Mr. Nishikawa comes to ADRC with extensive experience in
disaster response and management from positions he has held with the
Japanese government, the United Nations and other organizations.
this brief period of time, ADRC has enthusiastically pursued activities
with the support of member countries, advisory countries, the Japanese
government, Hyogo prefecture and many others. These activities include
providing disaster reduction information over the internet, staging four
annual ADRC International Meetings, welcoming eleven researchers from the
member countries for the research program, imparting disaster management
education and training, and promoting cooperative disaster reduction
projects with member countries.
also been working closely with the United Nations and particularly with
the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in
another major step, ADRC was appointed to the Inter-Agency Task Force of
the UN International Strategy for Disatser Reduction (ISDR), giving us yet
an even greater role in reducing the damage from natural disasters in the
Asian region as it strives to attain sustainable development.
disasters are increasing year by year for various reasons including
urbanization, growing populations, destruction of the natural environment
and climate change. ADRC will continue to develop constructive activities
to help make
to count on your continued support and guidance at ADRC.