April 5, 2017

Announcement on the development of the Global Database for the Global Centre for Disaster Statistics, a joint project with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Fujitsu Ltd.

201703009press1On March 9, Prof. Yuichi Ono attended a press briefing with representatives from UNDP and Fujitsu Ltd. and made an announcement on a joint project to develop the “Global Database (GDB)” for the Global Centre for Disaster Statistics of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) in collaboration with UNDP and Fujitsu Ltd. UNDP, Fujitsu and20170309press2 IRIDeS reached a partnership agreement on the management of the database where disaster damage statistics will be stored. UNDP and IRIDeS will collect disaster data from developing countries, which will be stored in the database and analyzed. Utilizing the data, we will give technical and policy advice to each country and help them make their policies for disaster risk reduction. Fujitsu Ltd. will provide technical assistance to design and build the database for free, which is equivalent to maximum 300 million yen. In addition, it will contribute approximately 47 million yen to the UNDP-IRIDeS joint activities to improve developing countries’ administration for disaster risk reduction over the next 3 years. UNDP, Fujitsu Ltd. and IRIDeS will cooperate closely to improve the ability of disaster risk reduction around the world and aim to achieve the global targets of the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction adopted at the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015.