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Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)

14–18 March 2015 | Sendai, Japan


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Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction,
in a media interview.

UNWCDRR-III The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) continued its deliberations on Sunday with ministerial roundtables, several working sessions, and negotiations of the text of the post-2015 framework for DRR.

Ministers met at two roundtable events, on “Reconstructing After Disasters: Build Back Better” in the morning, and on “International Cooperation in Support of a Post-2015 Framework for DRR” in afternoon. Throughout the day, country delegations delivered statements in a general exchange of views, while many other events organized by and for the DRR community took place in and around the meeting venue, including a presentation of the recently launched 2015 Global Assessment Report on DRR.

The Main Committee discussed text on international cooperation on DRR and the seven proposed global DRR targets, making some progress in informal sessions, and continuing deliberations late into the evening.


MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE ON RECONSTRUCTING AFTER DISASTERS: BUILD BACK BETTER


View of the ministerial roundtable on reconstructing after disasters.
Numan Kurtulmuş, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, chaired the roundtable session.

Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister, Tonga

Akihiro Ohta, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan

Gerry Brownlee, Minister of Defence, New Zealand

Hilario Davide III, Governor of Cebu Province, the Philippines

Prashant Singh, World Bank

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia


GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING AT NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEVELS

P. K. Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India

Cristelle Pratt, Deputy Secretary-General, Pacific Island Forum Secretariat

Ryosei Akazawa, State Minister of the Cabinet Office, Japan

Fuat Oktay, Director-General, Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, Turkey


GLOBAL RISK TRENDS

L-R: Shinichi Takemura, Professor and Director, Earth Literacy Programme; Priyanthi Fernando, Executive Director, Center for Poverty
Analysis, Sri Lanka; Andrew Maskrey, Chief Risk Knowledge Section, UNISDR; Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, UN Resident Coordinator
in Malaysia, (Moderator); Omar Dario Cardona, Representative INGENIAR and CIMNE and Professor, National University of Colombia;
Allan Lavell, Coordinator, Programme for Environmental and Disaster Risk, Latin America Social Science Faculty; and Ilan Noy, Professor, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand

Andrew Maskrey, Chief Risk Knowledge Section, UNISDR

Omar Dario Cardona, Representative INGENIAR and CIMNE and Professor, National University of Colombia

Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, UN Resident Coordinator in Malaysia

Shinichi Takemura, Professor and Director, Earth Literacy Programme


MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE ON INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN SUPPORT
OF A POST-2015 FRAMEWORK FOR DRR

The ministerial roundtable on international cooperation in support of a post-2015 framework for DRR was held on Sunday afternoon.

Gilberto Magalhães Occhi, Minister of National Integration of Brazil

Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs, Bhutan

Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change

Akihiko Tanaka, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency


APPLYING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TO DRR DECISION-MAKING

Panelists discussed global developments in applying science and technology to DRR decision-making.

Gordon McBean, President, International Council for Science (ICSU)

Jerry Velasquez, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction



REDUCING THE RISK OF EPIDEMICS AND PANDEMICS


View of the session on reducing the risk of epidemics and pandemics

Rajata Rajatanavin, Minister of Public Health, Thailand

Bruce Aylward, Special Representative of WHO Director-General for the Ebola Response, and Assistant Director-General, Emergencies, WHO


WCDRR SNAPSHOTS

WCDRR exhibit on the state-of-the-art emergency vehicles.

Exhibit on space-based technology for DRR.

Takashi Yamamoto and Robin Lewis presented on the "Peace Boat" that is promoting cities' resillience at the WCDRR Ignite stage.

Local women participants







Specific funding for coverage of this conference has been provided by UNISDR
UNISDR

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