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World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim's opening remarks at joint press conference with Japan Finance Minister Taro Aso (Inglês)

Recent data shows that total worldwide reported losses from disasters are estimated at $3.8 trillion in the period from 1980 to 2012, with 74 percent due to extreme-weather. And while not all natural disasters can be avoided, the impact that these disasters bear on a population can certainly be mitigated through effective planning and preparedness. Japan and the World Bank have been working hard to make disaster risk management a development priority. Together, we will launch early next year the World Bank-Japan Disaster Risk Management Hub in Tokyo. The hub will help disseminate Japan's sophisticated knowledge on disaster risk management. It also will play an important role as a knowledge broker by spreading Japan's know-how and technology to help developing countries manage and mitigate risk from natural disasters. The World Bank Group looks forward to continuing our close partnership with Japan. We will draw upon Japan’s vast knowledge and expertise in universal health coverage and disaster risk management. Together, we can achieve the grand goal of the global community: Ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity.

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