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Asian confab on disaster reduction in Kobe

The Council on International Disaster Reduction and Humanitarian Support (headed by Yoshiaki Kawata, executive director of the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution) together with other organizations will hold an international symposium 'Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction 2003' at the Kobe International Conference Center in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, on January 16, 2003.
The symposium with the main theme 'Coping with the Earth: toward a disaster-resilient society' aims at studying the past and future anti-disaster practices on the eighth anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
Officials from the United Nations and international organizations, including Salvano Briceno, director of secretariat at the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), will give lectures.