Solidarity emphasized during Nepal mission

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Jan Eliasson (right). (Screen grab from UNDP Video)

Mobilization is a crucial component for helping communities recover from natural disasters and other calamities, the UN Deputy Secretary-General has said.

Jan Eliasson was in Nepal this weekend as part of a 'Mission for Humanity' ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, later this month.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN deputy chief spent three days in Nepal where he met with the country's President, Prime Minister and other senior leaders. 

However, the main purpose of his visit was to speak to communities affected by the April 2015 earthquake which killed more than 8,000 people. 

Mr Eliasson sat with members of a farming community and heard how a water shortage is affecting them as water sources dried up after the quake. 

In Sindhupalchowk, one of the worst-affected districts, he delivered a message of togetherness: 

"I have been involved in many disasters in the world, and I know that it is difficult to the healing to do the work afterwards. But I say if we mobilize together—and together is the most important word in the world today–we can do it. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something. And I say everybody must do something because we have an obligation to the people of the world when they are struck by natural disasters, or manmade disasters, to show solidarity." 

The UN deputy chief continues his Mission for Humanity with a visit to Viet Nam. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations. 

Duration: 1'15"

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