INSARAG Global Meeting

September 7, 2010

  1. The Government of Japan, together with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), will organize the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) Global Meeting (IGM) in Kobe, Japan on 14-16 September.

  2. The IGM will be the first ever global level meeting within the framework of the INSARAG, and search and rescue specialists from all over the world will attend it. Commemorating   the 15th anniversary for “the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake”, Japan, as a major country in disaster risk management, will disseminate on its international contribution in this field, and will lead discussions on international cooperation in the field of search and rescue activities in large-scale disasters.

  3. More than 200 search and rescue specialists from approximately 79 countries and 8 organizations are expected to participate in discussions on issues such as capacity building of national search and rescue teams, cooperation during transition from search and rescue phase to humanitarian relief operations phase, further collaboration with various humanitarian relief organizations, and strengthening intra-regional cooperation.

INSARAG was created in 1991, in the wake of the 1988 Armenia Earthquake and under the United Nations umbrella, to meet the needs of the international community for more coordinated and coherent international urban search and rescue activities and methodology in collapsed structure disasters.