Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is in Japan, where she will attend a high-level international conference on large-scale natural disasters. The event focuses on building resilient societies. The participants will share the lessons learned from recent large natural disasters, including the Great East Japan Earthquake. Emergency response, disaster risk reduction and resilience will be the major topics of discussion.
The World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction will take place in the Tohoku region, which suffered enormous losses from the earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan in March 2011. Back then, Commissioner Georgieva was the first high-level international politician to visit Japan, to coordinate European assistance and to express Europe's solidarity.
In response to the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident which affected Japan last year, the EU mobilised €17 million in financial and in-kind assistance. The European Commission activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, which coordinated the European assistance and ensured a joint, targeted response.