International Symposium "Climate Action and Disaster Risk Reduction"

Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 17:00-18:30 (Japan Standard Time) (GMT+09:00)

In recent years, the severity of climate-related disasters has intensified across the world, and we have seen great damage caused by typhoons and heavy rainfall in Japan. Climate change is predicted to exacerbate disaster risk in the future, and so adaptation to climate change by taking measures on disaster prevention and reduction has become a pressing issue.

An international symposium on “Climate Action and Disaster Risk Reduction” will be organized to consider how the synergies between three major global agendas (the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the SDGs) can be strengthened, in the context of intensifying climate-related disasters and current domestic and international climate change adaptation efforts.

The keynote speech at this symposium will be given by Ms. MIZUTORI Mami, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Head of the UNDRR, who will introduce international trends in disaster risk reduction. This will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from related ministries, international organizations and experts. There will then be an open dialogue with Mr. KOIZUMI Shinjiro, Minister of the Environment, Japan, Mr. TAKEDA Ryota, Minister of State for Disaster Management, Japan, and Ms. MIZUTORI Mami, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Head of the UNDRR who will discuss specific measures being taken by Japan currently and into the future, as well as international contributions.

* This symposium was originally planned to be held on 8 March 2020 in Tokyo, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The organizers have decided instead to hold the symposium using an online webinar system.

* Video and presentation materials available here.

Event Details

Date
Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 17:00-18:30 (Japan Standard Time) (GMT+09:00)
Venue

Web conference system (Please watch the livestream via YouTube (English and Japanese channels are available) 
on the following website: https://bousai2020.tokyo/ )

Organisers
Cabinet Office Japan
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
Collaborators
Cabinet Secretariat
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Japan
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Languages
Japanese / English
Contact

Secretariat, International Symposium "Climate Action and Disaster Risk Reduction"
(c/o: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES))
E-mail : [email protected] 

Presentation Materials

  Opening Remarks Keiko SEGAWA, Deputy Director General, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan  
  Keynote Speech Mami MIZUTORI, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Head of the UNDRR  
  Panel Discussion
"Challenges, way forward and Japan’s potential contribution to international cooperation to enhance synergies between three global agendas (Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework and SDGs)"
① Which experiences, systems or information are useful in preparing for disasters intensified by climate change?
② What can Japan contribute for the world to benefit from the synergies between the three global agendas (Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework and SDGs)?
Panelists Youssef NASSEF, Director, Adaptation Division / Acting Director, Intergovernmental Support and Collective Progress Division, UNFCCC  
Kirata Tekiera MWEMWENIKEAKI, National Climate Change Coordinator, Office of Te Beretitenti (President), Republic of Kiribati  
Eiichi NAKAKITA, Professor / Chief, Joint Research Unit for Climate Change Risk Projection and Adaptation Strategies (JRU-CCRA), Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University  
Yusuke AMANO, Senior Vice President, JICA  
Kate LEVICK, Program Leader, Sustainable Finance, E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism  
Keiko SEGAWA, Deputy Director General, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan  
Satoshi MURATE, Assistant Vice-Minister for Disaster Management. Cabinet Office, Japan  
Facilitator Kazuhiko TAKEMOTO, Visiting Professor, The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability / Project Professor, The University of Tokyo  
  Open Dialogue Shinjiro KOIZUMI, Minister of the Environment, Japan (to be confirmed)  
Ryota TAKEDA, Minister of State for Disaster Management, Japan (to be confirmed)  
Mami MIZUTORI, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Head of the UNDRR  
  Closing

Presentation Material Video

Eiichi NAKAKITA, Professor / Chief, Joint Research Unit for Climate Change Risk Projection and Adaptation Strategies (JRU-CCRA), Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University