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Highlights for
Saturday, 22 January 2005

On Saturday morning, 22 January, delegates met in a closing plenary to hear reports on the thematic segment and public forum, and adopt the Hyogo Declaration and the programme outcome document "Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters: Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015." 

Above photo: Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, delivering his closing remarks to the WCDR.

Closing Plenary: 

Report on the Thematic Segment:  

Above photo: Cluster-Chairs reporting on the thematic segment. 

Above photo L-R: Rowena Hay, UMVOTO; Delegate speaking on behalf of Laszlo Borbely, Minister delegate for the Coordination of Public Works and Territory Management, Government of Romania; and
Alberto Maturana
, Chile's National Emergency Office (ONEMI).

Above photo L-R: 
Helen Wood, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Siddiqur Rahman Choudhury, Bangladesh Ministry for Food and Disaster Management; Amb. Glaudine Mtshali, South African Permanent Mission in Geneva; Mohammad Hossein Moghimi (Iran), WCDR Rapporteur.

Report on the Public Forum:

Above photo: Tadashi Harada, Japan's Deputy Director-General for Disaster Management, presented the report on the Public Forum.

Above photo: Zenaida Delica Willison, Center for Disaster Preparedness, delivered the closing statement on behalf of civil society. 

Report of the Main Committee and adoption of the Hyogo Declaration: 

Above photo: Main Committee Chair Marco Ferrari (Switzerland) presented the report on the Main Committee.

Above photo: Natalie Burke, Permanent Mission of Barbados to the United Nations in Geneva, read the Hyogo Declaration, which the Conference subsequently adopted.


Conclusions of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction: 

In their closing remarks, delegates expressed appreciation and gratitude to the ISDR Secretariat, the Government of Japan and Prefecture of Hyogo, WCDR President Murata (Japan), and applauded the spirit of commitment shown by participants in taking steps towards reducing disaster risk. Above photos L-R: Hadil Da Rocha-Vianna, Brazil's Ministry of External Relations and El Sadiq Almagly, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations in Geneva, delivering closing remarks on behalf of GRULAC and the African Group, respectively.

Above photo: Jan Egeland speaking with John Horekens, WCDR Coordinator.

President Murata gaveled the WCDR to a close at 12.32 pm.

Above photos L-R: WCDR closing dais and President Murata being congratulated on the successful conclusion of the WCDR.

Above photos L-R: Lisa Schipper, ENB, congratulating Sálvano Briceño, ISDR Director, for the successful conclusion of the WCDR. 

WCDR ENB Snapshots: 

Above photos L-R: Grace Princesa, Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in Geneva and Elma C. Aldea, Philippines' National Disaster Coordinating Council;  Kwon Wook, Republic of Korea's National Disaster Management Agency; and Michel Vielle, Seychelles' Risk and Disaster Management Director.

This service was prepared in cooperation with the ISDR Secretariat


UN/ISDR (the Conference Secretariat)
UNGA Resolution A/RES/58/214 (PDF)
The Yokohama Strategy
ENB coverage of PrepCom1 for the Conference on Disaster Reduction
ENB coverage of PrepCom2 for the Conference on Disaster Reduction  
ENB summary report of PrepCom1 for the Conference on Disaster Reduction 
ENB summary report of PrepCom2 for the Conference on Disaster Reduction

ENB summary report of the Second Conference on Early Warning 


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