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Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability and Disaster Risk Reduction

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Report of the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability, and Disaster Risk Reduction (November, 2014)
EGM_MWDDRR_2014_Report.docx
EGM_MWDDRR_2014_Report.pdf

November 27-28, 2014

The United Nations University International Institute of Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-ISP), and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in close collaboration with the World Bank Tokyo Development Center (TDLC) and the National Institute of Mental Health, Japan, will organize an expert group meeting on mental well-being, disability and disaster reduction, in Tokyo, Japan, on November 27-28, 2014.

During and after disaster, people experience mental health and psychosocial distress and this plays key role in determining quality of life, resilience, and effectiveness of preparedness, recovery and reconstruction. In addition, persons with mental or intellectual disabilities tend to face multiple and severe barriers in disasters. However, mental well-being and disability has long been neglected in disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.

In the Expert Group Meeting, overview of issues, trends and international norms and standards, as well as good practices and lessons learned from different countries, related to mental well-being, disability and disaster risk reduction will be discussed.

If we are to achieve sustainable human development which leaves no one behind, it is necessary to prioritize mental health and psychosocial well-being of all people including persons with physical, mental, intellectual, and sensory impairments. In addition, it is imperative to make disaster risk reduction measures inclusive of disability not leaving persons with mental or intellectual disabilities behind.

Program:
Facilitator: Dr Atsuro Tsutsumi, Coordinator, UNU-IIGH
1. Welcome remarks: Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations: Senior Vice Rector, UNU
2. Welcome remarks: Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, DESA, United Nations
3. Welcome remarks: Dr. Yoshiharu Kim, President of the National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Japan
4. UN frameworks on the rights of persons with disabilities: Including disability perspectives into disaster risk reduction:  Ms. Akiko Ito
5. UN frameworks on disaster risk reduction: Toward a new frameworks which integrates mental well-being and disability: Ms. Ana Cristina Thorlund, Programme Officer, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
6. WHO perspective on mental health and psychosocial well-being in Emergency Settings: Mainstreaming mental health into disaster risk reduction: Dr. Mark Van Ommeren, Scientist, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO (pre-recorded presentation)
7. Mental health, disability and disasters: Experiences in Japan: Dr. Yoshiharu Kim
8. Good practices and lessons learned: WHO response to mental well-being and disability in the disasters in Philippines and inclusion in DRR policy and programmes: Dr. Florante E Trinidad, National Professional Officer, WHO Office of the Representative in the Philippines
9. Best practices and lessons learned: Mental well-being and disability after the nuclear accident in Fukushima: Dr. Jun Shigemura, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, National Defense Medical University (recorded presentation)
10. Best practices and lessons learned: Mental well-being and disability after the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident: Mr. Yurii Kushnarov, the First Secretary, the Embassy of Ukraine
11. Best practices and lessons learned: Mental well-being and disability after the Indian Ocean Tsunami and the Typhoon Haiyan: Dr. Andrew Mohanraj, Regional Mental Health Development Advisor, CBM International/Member, National Council for Persons with Disabilities in Malaysia

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