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Public Forum: Disasters, Mental Well-being and Disability-Promoting Resilience for All

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November 28, 2014

On November 28, 2014, in Tokyo, Japan,  UNU in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, and the National Information Center for Disaster Mental Health, Japan, will organize a public forum “Disasters, Mental Well-being and Disability: Promoting Resilience for All”.

Research has revealed a high incidence of mood and anxiety symptoms as well as suicidal ideation among inhabitants in areas affected by disasters. Persons with mental or intellectual disabilities face multiple challenges and barriers in all the phases of disaster which gets augmented with misconception, stigma, discrimination and other human rights violations. Nevertheless, mental well-being and disability have often been neglected in international discussion and policy processes related to disasters.

The forum will explore how to integrate mental well-being and disability issues into disaster risk management, drawing on experiences from Japan and other countries. Speakers from several UN agencies, NGOs and academia will discuss this challenge in relation to norms and standards, institutional arrangements, governance and practice. In particular, the event will focus on how the process to formulate a global post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction can incorporate issues of mental well-being and disability.

Programme:

Moderator: Atsuro Tsutsumi, Coordinator, UNU-IIGH

Welcome Remarks: Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, UNU-IAS

Panelists:
Ana Cristina Thorlund, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN DESA
Florante E Trinidad, National Professional Officer, WHO Office of the Representative in the Philippines
Yoshiharu Kim, President, National Information Center for Disaster Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Japan
Andrew Mohanraj, Chairperson, National Council for Persons with Disabilities in Malaysia

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