The Asian Disaster Reduction Center was established in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture, in 1998, with mission to enhance disaster resilience of the member countries, to build safe communities, and to create a society where sustainable development is possible. The Center works to build disaster resilient communities and to establish networks among countries through many programs including personnel exchanges in this field.
The Center addresses this issue from a global perspective in cooperation
with a variety of UN agencies and international
organisations/initiatives, such as the International Strategy for
Disaster Reduction (ISDR), the Office for the Coodination of
Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Economic and
Social Commission for Asia and the Pasific (ESCAP), the World
Meteorological Organization (WMO), and the World Health Organization
Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WHO/WPRO).