World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

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The World Bank Group on Disability
UN Enable

Taking Action towards a Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and its Implementation

Sunday, 15 March 2015
10 AM to 5:00 PM

Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, GSURR of WBG presents at WCDRR
Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, GSURR of WBG presents at WCDRR

    The World Bank Group will co-organize a public forum “Taking Action towards a Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and its Implementation” with the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) among other global partners.

    During the public forum, there will be discussions and concrete recommendations toward disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction (DiDRR) as a contribution to the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The outcome and future implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action II (HFA2) as an integral part of a post-2015 development agenda will also be discussed. A stocktaking, review and assessment of the effectiveness of existing DRR policies and programmes will be presented and the progress made and lessons learned for the advancement of DiDRR at local, national, regional and international levels will also be discussed.


    Tohoku University, B200
    Sendai, Japan


    Opening: An Overview of Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction: Challenges and Obstacles (10:00am-10:50am)

    The Opening segment will discuss the status of DiDRR in the context of the on-going work toward a post-2015 development framework. It will include an overview of the DiDRR framework and its progress, challenges and obstacles in disability-inclusion in disaster risk reduction, resilience and reconstruction at both policy and programme levels.

    Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief, SCRPD/DSPD/UNDESA
    Mr. Jerry Velasquez, Director, Advocacy and Outreach, UNISDR
    Mr. Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Global Practice on Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience, World Bank Group
    Mr. Kingo Toyoda, Deputy Director General, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
    Mr. Futoshi Toba, Mayor of City of Rikuzentakata
    Mr. Desmond Swayne, Minister of State, Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom
    Mr. Katsunori Fujii: President, Japan Disability Forum
    Mr. Yasunobu Ishii, Nippon Foundation
    Senator Kerryann Ifill, Barbados
    Senator Paul Njoroge Ben Githuku, Kenya

    Session I: Experience and Lessons Related to the Advancement of Disaster Risk Reduction, Resilience and Reconstruction (10:50am-12:30pm)

    This session will consist of sharing experiences and lessons learned on the ground to advance DiDRR, in particular, the experience of the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami and DiDRR. This Session will be led by the Japan Disability Forum, in collaboration with DESA/DSPD and followed by an interactive discussion.

    Moderator: Ms. Miki Ebara, NHK World Editor-in-Chief

    Mr. Naoki Kurano: Japan Disability Forum/Japanese Federation of the Deaf
    Mr. Futoshi Toba, Mayor, City of Rikuzentakata
    Senator Monthian Buntan, Thailand
    Ms. Akiko Fukuda, Secretary-General, World Federation of the DeafBlind (Experience on the Ground)
    Ms. Marcie Roth, FEMA, USA
    Dr. Alex Camacho, Technical Secretary of Disability, Government of Ecuador

    Session II: Present and Future of DiDRR

    1. DiDRR policies, programme and implementation (1:30pm-3:00pm)

    This segment will discuss how to successfully advance DiDRR policies and their implementation in the global, regional, national and local contexts. The discussion will include good practices in removal of physical, social and cultural barriers to DiDRR as well as “emerging DiDRR issues”, such as mental health and mental well-being, social groups with increased vulnerabilities and promotion of the use of DiDRR technologies.

    Moderator: Dr. Takashi Izutsu, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, World Bank Group

    Vice Chancellor Professor Toshiya Ueki, Tohoku University
    Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura, Focal point for the Disability Caucus for DiDRR
    Prof. Norito Kawakami, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo
    Senator Kerryann Ifill, Barbados
    Mr. Adam Kosa, European Parliament
    Mr. Takashi Kubota, Deputy Mayor, City of Rikuzentakata
    Mr. Matthew Rodieck, Rehabilitation International
    Ms. Valerie Scherrer, CBM

    2. A Way Forward: steps toward realization of DiDRR (3:00pm-4:30pm)

    This segment will focus on “next steps” in preparation for the implementation of the HFA II. It will examine the role of governments, the UN system, organizations of persons with disabilities and other disability and civil society organizations, expert/academic communities, private foundations as well as the private sector and how they can go beyond “boundaries” to achieve the goal of disability-inclusion in disaster risk reduction, resilience and reconstruction. The discussion will also explore and take stock of ways and means to strengthen global/regional/national and local networks and build new partnerships for concrete results in implementing DiDRR.

    Moderator: Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura (Focal point for the Disability Caucus for DiDRR)

    Ms. Marcie Roth, FEMA, USA
    Mr. Ivars Nakurts, Latvian Presidency of the Council of European Union
    Senator Monthian Buntan, Thailand
    Senator Paul Njoroge Githuku, Kenya
    Dr. Atsuro Tsutsumi, Coordinator, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health
    Ms. Aiko Akiyama, UNESCAP
    Mr. Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director, International Disability Alliance

    Closing Session: Summary and Recommendations (4:30pm-5:00pm)

    The session will include a presentation of summaries of the preceding sessions as well as the recommendations for next steps to implement DiDRR in global, national, regional and local contexts.

    Mr. Katsunori Fujii, Japan Disability Forum
    Mr. Yasunobu Ishii, Nippon Foundation


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