Press Release

Open Symposium "Climate Action and Disaster Risk Reduction"

February 10, 2020

Open Symposium "Climate Action and Disaster Risk Reduction" (free of charge, pre-registration) will be held on 8th March 2020 (Sunday) in Tokyo. In the symposium, the keynote speech will be given by Ms. Mami MIZUTORI, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Head of the UNDRR, and a panel discussion with influential individuals will be held. As well, the symposium will have an open dialogue with Ms. Mami MIZUTORI, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG), Mr. Shinjiro KOIZUMI, Minister of the Environment Japan and Mr. Ryota TAKEDA, Minister of Cabinet Office Japan for Disaster Risk Reduction.

1. Objectives of the symposium

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 increase disaster risks in the future, which makes climate change adaptation an urgent issue.

In light of the above-mentioned circumstances, an international symposium on "Climate Action and Disaster Risk Reduction" will be organized to strengthen the synergies between three major global agendas (the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the SDGs), giving full consideration to the status of domestic and international climate change adaptation efforts, as well as bearing in mind the climate-related disasters that we are already seeing now and that are likely to intensify going forward.

The keynote speech at this symposium will be given by Ms. Mami MIZUTORI, 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 the related ministries, international organizations and the experts. There will then be an open dialogue with Mr. Shinjiro KOIZUMI, Minister of the Environment Japan, Mr. Ryota TAKEDA, Minister of Cabinet Office Japan, and Ms. Mami MIZUTORI, 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.

Date and Time:

14:00-17:00 on 8 March 2020 (Sunday) (Reception 13:30 (to be confirmed))

Venue:

Ito Hall

Ito International Research Center B2F, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

(8 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro, Hongo-sanchome station)

Organizers:

Ministry of the Environment Japan, Cabinet Office Japan,

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Collaborators: (in random order)

Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of the Foreign Affairs Japan, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Japan, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), 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), National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)

Capacity:

400 persons(free of charge, pre-registration)

On the following day, 9 March 2020 (Monday), in addition to this symposium, an expert workshop for enhancing synergies between climate action and disaster risk reduction and SDGs, will be held. The workshop aims to address future international initiatives and contribution to them.

2. Program (to be confirmed)

・Opening Remarks

・Keynote Speech

 Ms. Mami MIZUTORI, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Head of the UNDRR

・Panel Discussion

 UNFCCC, SIDS, Ministry of the Environment Japan, Cabinet Office Japan, JICA, representatives

・Open Dialogue

 Mr. Shinjiro KOIZUMI, Minister of the Environment Japan (to be confirmed)

 Mr. Ryota TAKEDA, Minister of Cabinet Office Japan (to be confirmed)

 Ms. Mami MIZUTORI, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General

(SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Head of the UNDRR

・Closing

* For the details on program, please see the registration website

https://bousai2020.tokyo/

* Schedules for speakers may be changed.

3. Registration

Please complete online registration on the following website by 2 March 2020 (Monday).

https://bousai2020.tokyo/

Reporters and media-related persons must register through the following registration site in advance.

Registration is on first-come first-served basis and will close once capacity is reached.

This is a paperless symposium. Presentations and other related documents will be uploaded onto this website in due course.

■Notice

  • Persons without pre-registration will not be admitted.

  • During the symposium, please keep quiet and refrain from talking loudly.

  • Please switch off your mobile phones during the symposium.

  • Please follow the Secretariat's guidance during the symposium.

■ For Reporters and Media-related Persons

  • Please type "media" under the "Other Request" section of the registration form during registration. If you would like to use cameras, please also mention on it.

  • If you use cameras, please wear your company armband for identification.

  • Please follow the Secretariat's guidance during the symposium.

  • After the Open Dialogue, Minister of the Environment Japan, Minister of Cabinet Office Japan and SRSG UNDRR Ms, Mami MIZUTORI will present short press conference.

(Details of time and place will be announced to registrants by e-mail)

4. Regarding Use of Personal Information

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), serving as Secretariat of this symposium, recognizes the importance of personal information and the importance of responsibility for privacy protection, and, in compliance with laws/regulations and other norms concerning personal information, shall strive to protect personal information based on the details as set out below.

https://iges.or.jp/jp/about/site-policy

Climate Change Adaptation Office

Global Environment Bureau

Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Main 03-3581-3351

Direct 03-5521-8242

Director TAKAHASHI Kazuaki (Extension 6780)

Deputy Director UETAKE Tomoko (Extension 6744)

Specialist ORITA Tomonori (Extension 7727)

Coordinator ABE Takeshi (Extension 7719)

For Japanese

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