United Nations University / Fukushima Global Communication Programme

International Symposium

Information Sharing and Communication for Recovery in Fukushima
- A Human Security Approach -

Session Video
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A recovery in Fukushima based on safety and security will only be achieved by restoring trust in the government and scientists and, in the broader sense, ensuring the "human security" of the local residents.
This symposium focused on the role of information-sharing and communication from a human security perspective. Discussions approached the issue from various directions, drawing on scientific perspectives, local initiatives, and practices in Europe to investigate measures for effective reconstruction.

The symposium is being held as part of the Fukushima Global Communication Programme of the United Nations University (UNU). The results of the symposium will be widely disseminated in Japan and to the international community through the UNU website.

Date/Time 3 February 2014 (Mon.) 13:00 – 17:00 (Registration: 12:30-)
Venue Hotel Tatsumiya (Fukushima City)   »Access
Organiser United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
Co-organiser Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Supporters Fukushima Prefecture
Fukushima Future Center for Regional Revitalization, Fukushima University
Institute of Environmental Radioactivity, Fukushima University
Languages English /Japanese with simultaneous interpreting
Fee Free
Number of participants 145
13:00 Opening Session:
Opening Remarks by Dr. David Malone, Rector, United Nations University(UNU)
Welcome Remarks by Mr. Masao Uchibori, Vice-Governor, Fukushima Prefectural Government
13:30 Keynote Speech 1
Prof. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Director General, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), Japan Science and Technology Agency
Keynote Speech 2
Prof. Miranda Schreurs, Professor, Berlin Free University
Keynote Speech 3
Mr. Tamotsu Baba, Mayor, Namie Town in Fukushima Prefecture
15:00 Break  
15:20 Panel Discussion
  • [Moderator]
  • Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Senior Vice-Rector, UNU
  • [Panelists]
  • Prof. Satoru Tanaka, Professor, University of Tokyo

  • Prof. Hiroshi Suzuki, Professor Emeritus, Fukushima University / IGES Senior Fellow
  • Prof. Miranda Schreurs, Professor, Berlin Free University
  • Mr. Yurii Kushnar'ov First secretary; Cooperation "Fukushima-Chornobyl", Embassy of Ukraine in Japan
17:00 Wrap-up and Closing  
Launching the "Fukushima Global Communication Programme (FGC)"

Recognising that the situation after the nuclear accident must be looked at from a human security* perspective, the United Nations University initiated its Fukushima Global Communication Programme in 2013 to promote international dissemination of reliable information on the situation and challenges in Fukushima.
» Fukushima Global Communication Programme Website

* The United Nations defines "human security" as underscoring the universality and interdependence of a set of freedoms that are fundamental to human life: freedom from fear, freedom from want and freedom to live in dignity.
» http://unocha.org/humansecurity/about-human-security/human-security-all

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