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Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)

14–18 March 2015 | Sendai, Japan


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Youth participants from Indonesia at WCDRR

UNWCDRR-III The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction continued its deliberations with two ministerial roundtables taking place on “Governing Disaster Risk: Overcoming Challenges” and “Reducing Disaster Risk in Urban Settings.” A high-level partnership dialogue convened in the afternoon, on “Risk-sensitive Investment: Public-private Partnerships.”

Working sessions addressed several topics, including resilient tourism, and preparing for disaster-induced relocation. The World Bank, the Government of Japan and partners hosted a special round of the Resilience Dialogue series, exploring how to scale up and sustain funding and implementation of disaster and climate risk programs to advance post-2015 resilience goals. In the evening, two separate award ceremonies took place, recognizing achievements in DRR and documentary film.

After a full day of “informal informals,” the Main Committee reconvened at the end of the afternoon, aiming to clean up the text as far as possible so as to leave time for discussion of the proposed political declaration. Several edits to the text were agreed, but the issues of international cooperation, technology transfer, a reference to human rights and the right to development, as well as common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) remained unresolved by early evening. Discussions continued into the night.


Resilience Dialogue


L-R: Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction; Claus Sørensen, Director-General, DG EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO); Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP); P. K. Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, India; Isshu Sugawara, State Minister of Finance, Japan; Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice-President and Special Envoy for Climate Change; and Thomas Staal, Assistant Administrator, USAID

View of the meeting room with resilience dialogue VIPs

Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

Isshu Sugawara, State Minister of Finance, Japan


Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP

Anote Tong, President, Kiribati

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


Ministerial Roundtable on Governing Disaster Risks: Overcoming Challenges

View of the ministerial roundtable on governing disaster risks.

Chair of ministerial rountdtable on governing disaster risk: María del Pilar Cornejo (left), National Secretary for Risk Management, Ecuador

Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, Deputy Prime Minister, Mongolia

Rashid Ahmed Bin-Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, United Arab Emirates


Towards a Resilient Tourism Sector

L-R: Jorge Alberto Angulo Ruiz, National Director of Protection, Ministry of Tourism, Cuba; Filomena Nelson, Disaster Management Office, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa; Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Moderator Veronica Pedrosa, Media Correspondent; Carolyn Thompson, Director, Education, Research and Training, Australian Emergency Management Institute; Masato Takamatsu, Managing Director and Chief Research Officer, Japan Tourism Marketing Company; Jayne Macdougall, Director, Risk Management and Loss Prevention, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort; and Dirk Glaesser, Director, Sustainable Development Programme, UN World Tourism Organization

Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Dirk Glaesser, Director, Sustainable Development Programme, UN World Tourism Organization


Carolyn Thompson, Director, Education, Research and Training, Australian Emergency
Management Institute

Jorge Alberto Angulo Ruiz, National Director of Protection, Ministry
of Tourism, Cuba

Moderator Veronica Pedrosa, Media Correspondent


Preparing for Disaster-induced Relocation

L-R: Sanjula Weerasinghe, Research Associate, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University: William Lacy
Swing
, Director General, International Organization for Migration; Moderator, Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed, Former Chairman,
National Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan; Alexander Pama, Under-Secretary, National Disaster Risk Reduction Management
Council, the Philippines; Walter Kaelin, Envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative, Nansen Initiative Secretariat; and Elena
Correa
, Independent Expert

Moderator, Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed, Former Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan

William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration


Ministerial Roundtable on Reducing Disaster Risk in Urban Settings

View of the ministerial roundtable on reducing disaster risk in urban settings.

Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan, Minister, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, South Africa

Hilary Onek, Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and
Refugees, Uganda



High-Level Partnership Dialogue on Risk-sensitive Investment: Public-Private Partnerships


View of the dais during the dialogue session.

Sandra Wu, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Kokusai Kogyo and Chair of UNISDR’s Private Sector Advisory Group and Private Sector Partnership

Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific


Toshiyuki Shiga, Representative Director and Vice-Chair, Nissan Motor Corporation Limited

Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Europe

Documentary Film Festival Ceremony

“The Kamaishi Miracle” by NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation) won Best Human Story.

Best Investigative Story was shared by “It’s Time” by GMA Network Philippines and “Britain Underwater” by BBC Panorama. Accepting the award for GMA Network Philippines is Richelle Figueroa (center), the documentary's producer.


“Vets in the Disaster Zone” by Dragonfly Film and Television Productions.

“Rebuilding Sichuan” from Discovery Channel won the category Best TV Documentary Award

Risk Award Ceremony

Shweta Gupta, International Center for EQUI-T, All India Institute of Local Self-Government, accepting the 2015 Risk Award.









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

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