The Director-General expresses her distress following the second powerful earthquake in Nepal and the rising death toll

Today’s earthquake occurred less than two weeks after a first devastating earthquake that killed more than 8000 people and caused extensive damage to the country’s education system and cultural heritage sites.

I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the government and the people of Nepal at this difficult time”, said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. "Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal and neighboring countries, particularly the families of those killed and injured", she added.

UNESCO has mobilized its expertise to support the Nepalese authorities  in their response to the earthquake, particularly in the field of education and cultural heritage protection and conservation. "UNESCO is more determined than ever to support the Nepalese people in recovering", declared the Director-General of UNESCO.