12.03.2011 - ODG

Director-General puts UNESCO’s expertise at the disposal of Japan

© UNESCO/Andrew Wheeler - Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

Only hours after the most powerful natural disaster in Japanese history, the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku region on 11 March 2011, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova addressed a letter of condolences to Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan and to the Japanese people.

The Director-General expressed her commitment to put the Organization’s expertise, more specifically that of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), at the disposal of the Japanese authorities and people.

"UNESCO as a whole stands ready to monitor the situation closely and to provide assistance in areas that may help", Irina Bokova emphasized.

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