17 January 2005 Kobe Portopia Hall
International Symposium
Living with Risk
- disaster reduction for future generations -
Despite the efforts made by countries and relevant organizations, natural disasters continue to be a great threat to people and their social lives, hampering the achievement of sustainable development, especially in developing countries. Being held on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, the Symposium aims to provide an opportunity to enhance the understanding of the importance of disaster risk reduction and of the need to further strengthen capacities by promoting cooperation and collaboration for reducing risks at various stakeholders, such as local and central governments, UN agencies, international organizations, academia, NGOs, and communities.
Date/Time: 17 January 2005 (Mon) 15:30-17:40
Venue: Kobe Portopia Hall (Kobe Portopia Hotel: Minatojima-nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Japan)
Organized by: Cabinet Office (Government of Japan), United Nations Inter-Agency Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), United Nations University (UNU), Hyogo Prefectural Government, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN/OCHA) Kobe, Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)
In Cooperation with: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Broadcasting Corporation Kobe Broadcasting Center (NHK Kobe), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Keynote Speech:
  • H.E. Mr. Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf
    MP, Minister for Food and Disaster Management
    People's Republic of Bangladesh


  • Ms. Sadako Ogata
    President of (JICA)
Special Report Report on Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami
Panel Discussion:
  • Mr. Katsuji Ebisawa, President of NHK
  • Mr. Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
  • Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of WMO
  • Mr. Markku Niskala, Secretary-General of IFRC
  • Mr. Shigeru Itoh, Chairman of ADRC (Commentator)
Moderator: Mr. Lyuji Miyamoto, Executive Broadcaster of NHK
Secretariat: Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)
Hitomiraikan 5F, 1-5-2, Wakinohamakaigan-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0073 JAPAN
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E-mail: symposium@adrc.asia
*Admission is free.
*Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
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