Acceptance of Relief Supplies from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

March 29, 2011

  1. In response to the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake, relief supplies which have been offered by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) arrived at the Haneda Airport in the morning on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

  2. About 1,800 solar lanterns will be distributed to those affected in such city as Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture.

  3. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, sent a letter of sympathy and the offer of support to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, and also staff of the UNHCR representation in Japan was dispatched to support the UNDAC team.

  4. The Government of Japan deeply appreciates the cooperation by UNHCR.

1. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
UNHCR began its operations in 1951 with the aim of protecting refugees and achieving durable solutions for refugee issues. Its fundamental operations are as follows: (1) the granting of international protection to refugees around the world, (2) life-saving assistance including the provision of water, food, shelter, and education, (3) durable solutions for refugee issues, and (4) the promotion of accession to treaties on refugee protection by states. As of October 2010, there were a total of 392 UNHCR offices (including the representation in Japan) in 125 different countries.

2. United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team
As a team of experts on disaster management, UNDAC team consisting of seven members including two Japanese worked for the acceptance of assistance from foreign countries, coordination and the dispatch of information. On March 24, three staff of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) succeeded the activities of the UNDAC team.

    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date donates the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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