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UNESCO’s Director-General offers UNESCO’s support to countries ravaged by hurricane Stan

As El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico continue efforts to assist victims of the massive flooding and mudslides that devastated communities in the wake of Hurricane Stan last week, UNESCO’s Director-General Koichiro Matsuura has addressed his condolences to the four countries and offered the Organization’s help and expertise.

In letters addressed to their respective governments, Mr Matsuura expressed his deep sorrow at the human loss these countries have suffered, as well as the incalculable material damage. He asked the authorities to extend to the people of El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico his solidarity in these difficult moments.

“Natural disasters are increasing in terms of frequency, complexity, scope and destructive capacity,” said Mr Matsuura. “It is important to quickly learn appropriate lessons that may help societies to be better prepared for other disasters, whether caused by natural forces or otherwise.”

As Mr Matsuura emphasized in his message on the occasion of International Disaster Reduction Day on October 12, measures need to be taken to build a safer world. They include promoting a better understanding of natural disasters, improving early warning systems, mobilizing scientific knowledge and technological know-how, enforcing sound construction and engineering, and promoting education and public awareness about natural disaster reduction.

Source Press Release N°2005-122
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Publication Date 14 Oct 2005
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