Disaster Risk Reduction
Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Hosts Lunch Meeting
March 14, 2015
On March 14, commencing at about 1:40 p.m. for approximately one hour, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted a lunch for leader-level dignitaries taking part in the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The overview is as follows.
1. At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe expressed Japan’s gratitude as the host country, and stated that the leader-level dignitaries’ participation in the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction shows the international community’s political commitment to disaster risk reduction.
2. As a guest speaker, to begin with H.E. Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group mentioned a cyclone causing damage in Vanuatu, said disaster risk reduction is extremely important in terms of efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and rectify economic gaps, and expressed his thanks for Prime Minister Abe’s personal political leadership and Japan’s efforts in continuing to keep disaster risk reduction on the international agenda. Furthermore, he cited infectious diseases such as the Ebola virus disease and natural disasters as major risks currently facing the international community, and said advance preparations are important in both cases. He said that in particular, this year the post-2015 development agenda will be adopted and will present an important opportunity to engage in important challenges, including disaster risk reduction and health, and expressed gratitude for Japan’s leadership in the two fields of disaster risk reduction and universal health coverage.
3. Next, H.E. Miss Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said she highly appreciates the “Sendai Cooperation Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction” that was announced on the same day by Prime Minister Abe (unanimously applauded by the participants). She also appreciated Japan’s cooperation for disaster risk reduction based on the basic concept of “Build Back Better.” Administrator Clark said that she has been inspired by Sendai’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, disaster risk reduction in which only individual measures are taken is inadequate, and there is a need to spread disaster risk reduction in development policies overall. She also expressed her gratitude for Prime Minister Abe’s personal leadership, Japan’s support, and Sendai’s hospitality.
4. The food served at this lunch meeting was arranged on Sendai Tansu (chests of drawers), a traditional Sendai craft product, in order to convey Sendai’s appeal and the recovery of disaster-affected regions.
(Reference) The lunch meeting participants
H.M. King Mswati III, King of the Kingdom of Swaziland
H.E. Mr. Robert Gabriel Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe
H.E. Mr. Emanuel Manny Mori, President of the Federated States of Micronesia
H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya
H.E. Baldwin Jacobson Lonsdale, President of the Republic of Vanuatu
H.E. Mdm. Nguyen Thi Doan, Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
H.E. Mr. Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana
H.E. Mr. James Wani Igga, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan
H.E. Mr. Prosper Bazombanza, First Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi
H.E. Mr. H. Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia
Hon. Mrs. Inonge Wina, Vice President of the Republic of Zambia
H.E. Mr. Samdech Akka Maha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia
Right Honorable Anastase Murekezi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda
Hon. Mizengo Peter Pimda, Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania
H.E. General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand
H.E. Mr. Asang Laoly, Deputy Prime Minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
Mr. Muhyiddin Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
Mr. Numan Kurtulmus, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
Mr. Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia
Hon. Siaosi 'Ofakivahafolau Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga
H.E. Mr. Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Confederation
H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
H.E. Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group
H.E. Miss Helen Clark, Administrator of the UNDP
Ms. Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction
H. E. Ms. Tarja Halonen, former President of the Republic of Finland