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1. World Conference on Disaster Reduction

World Conference on Disaster Reduction was held on 18-22 January 2005 in the City of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. UN has proclaimed that 1990s is to be "Decade for International Disaster Reduction," and had adopted "Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action for a Safer World." Since 2001, UN had reviewed the current Strategy with a view to updating the guiding framework on disaster reduction for the twenty first century. On December 2003, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution submitted by Japan to convene the World Conference to conclude the review of the Yokohama Strategy. The Conference was held on the occasion of 10th anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.

(1) Date: 18 (Tue) - 22 (Sat) January
(2) Place: Kobe, Hyogo
(3) Participants: UN Member States (191 states),
UN Agencies
International and Regional organizations
(ICRC, Red Crescent societies, Asian Disaster Reduction Center),
(Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering)
(4) Purpose: In order to establish a new disaster reduction guideline that aims to reduce damage caused by disaster, following items will be mainly discussed.
(a) Declaration
(b) Review of Yokohama Strategy
(c) Plan of action
(5) Format of the Conference
figure(Format of the Conference)

2. Meaning of holding the Conference in Japan

  • Contribution to international cooperation for disaster reduction
  • Dispersing lessons and practices of Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
  • Appealing Japan's advanced disaster reduction system to the world


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International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)

World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR)
(General Information, Latest information for participants)

  1. Intergovernmental segment
  2. Thematic segment
    • Schedule
    (1) Thematic sessions
    (2) Regional session
    (3) High level round tables
  3. Public forum
    • Schedule
    • Workshop
  4. Participation for Media

Cabinet Office of Japan

Hyogo Prefecture

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