The OCHA/ReliefWeb Office in Kobe, Japan, was established on 16 August 2001. Following the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011, OCHA reaffirmed its commitment to retain an OCHA presence in Kobe and to broaden its activities. The new office is focusing on partnerships with key stakeholders in Japan including the Government, other international organisations, NGOs, academic institutions, local authorities and the corporate sector.

Activities include developing and implementing partnership strategies with the Government of Japan in support of humanitarian action, with a specific focus on promoting natural disaster preparedness at the regional and international levels and in close coordination with other actors involved in preparedness.

OCHA is also raising awareness on humanitarian affairs and promoting humanitarian financing tools such as the CERF, as well as enhancing OCHA’s partnerships with other UN entities, NGOs, civil society, the private sector, philanthropic organisations and academic institutions in Japan.

OCHA Kobe is also contributing to OCHA’s work in the coordination of disaster preparedness and response, including assisting governments in the Asia-Pacific region on these issues, and sharing lessons learnt from the Great East Japan Earthquake internationally.

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Disaster Reduction Museum East 5F,
1-5-2 Wakinohama-Kaigandori,
Chuo-ku Kobe, 651-0073
Tel: +81 (7) 8262 5555
Fax: +81 (7) 8262 5558