IRIDeS Office for the Preparation of the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
It is our mandate to provide lessons-learned and knowledge gained from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami for those who supported disaster victims from all over the world. The Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Sendai over 14 – 18 March 2015, was an excellent opportunity for us to disseminate information on our action-oriented research on disaster risk reduction. IRIDeS provided inputs to the preparatory process to the new Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and prepared for numerous public events during the conference.
We developed an office to prepare for the conference to coordinate activities within the IRIDeS and to coordinate with other organizations, including the Government of Japan, City of Sendai and other local governments with whom we signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs).
On 10 March, just before the opening of the World Conference, we organized “A Memorial Symposium on the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake & a Screening of the 3D Documentary: The Great March Eleven Tsunami -Remembering for the future-.” We invited researchers from abroad as well.
During the World Conference, we organized or sponsored several side events to raise awareness on disaster risk reduction, and build resilience of nations and communities, both independently and together with other institutions. The following is a list of events which we took part in:
- Technical workshop on Monitoring Mechanism for Post-2015 Framework for DRR
- Disaster Management and Private Sectors -Private Civil Partnership: from business to community resilience-
- Necessity and efficiency of full-scale storm simulators for wind-related disaster risk reduction
- The WMO International Symposium on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) and Service Delivery
- UNESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee
- Science and Practical Disaster Risk Reduction -Role of Universities/Academia in DRR-
Furthermore, on 15 March, we held a press conference to launch the Global Centre for Disaster Statistics, with the presence of Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Ms. Emiko Okuyama, Mayor of Sendai City, Dr. Susumu Satomi, President of Tohoku University, and Prof. Fumihiko Imamura, Director of IRIDeS. We are determined to strive in making a commitment in monitoring the achievement of the goals stated in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, by collecting, archiving and analyzing statistical data on disasters, through a partnership with UNDP, which officially maintains disaster statistics at the country level.
The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction as a whole, ended in great success, drawing a total of 150,000 participants.
The Office for the Preparation of the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction ended its role and was ceased on 31 March, 2015.
We would like to express deep gratitude to all those who supported our activities.