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Partnership Agreement Signed between World Bank and Asian Disaster Reduction Center

Monday, February 21st, 2011

story from Tokyo Development Learning Center

On February 16, 2011, Mr. James W. Adams, World Bank’s Vice President, East Asia and the Pacific and Dr. Shigeru Itoh, the chairman of the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation and regional partnerships for disaster risk reduction, and to enhance capacity-building and knowledge-sharing in disaster prevention, mitigation and response across East Asia and the Pacific at Tokyo Development Learning Center, the World Bank (TDLC).

The new cooperative arrangement between the World Bank and ADRC will promote capacity-building and technical assistance in the areas of disaster prevention, mitigation and response by mobilizing technical experts within ADRC member countries and technical assistance projects. Through cooperation with relevant stakeholders across East Asia and the Pacific, the MoU seeks to encourage knowledge exchange and foster activities and projects, for example early warning systems and retrofitting of schools and hospitals, in which Japan is a global leader.

The signing was followed by a high-level workshop attended by government officials and experts working in Japan on disaster risk management, as well as specialists in field offices in the Philippines and Indonesia. The goal of the workshop was indentifying the main needs in the current disaster risk management and climate change adaptation agenda, and concrete ways in which the World Bank and ADRC can jointly deliver expected results.  The World Bank and ADRC will follow up on the needs identified in the workshops, and TDLC will also support this partnership by facilitating knowledge exchange and capacity building programs across the region, as well as sharing Japanese experiences in the sector.