From November 21st to 25th, the city of Tokyo was the venue for the Global Forum on Science and Technology for Disaster Resilience and the first workshop of Risk-KAN. Miguel Trejo, member of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) team from Mexico, attended both events representing the WYN and the commitment of the organisation in DRR related actions.
Miguel assisted as part of the group of Early Career Professionals (ECP) and on behalf of the Water Youth Network. This was possible thanks to the support from the Science Council of Japan and Future Earth, which sponsored him to attend the events.
This workshop gathered senior professionals as well as some Early Career participants with expertise in the field of Risk Management. They were invited to contribute and build the future general guidelines for the Risk Knowledge-Action Network. The workshop was coordinated Future Earth and took place at the United Nations University on November 23rd.
During the workshop the following aspects related to DRR were discussed:
One of the main concerns that came out was risk communication since it still represents a big challenge due to missing links between different stakeholders who may be involved in risk management and their lack of interest. On the other hand, it also represents a big opportunity to explore and develop.
The forum was held at the Science Council of Japan from 23rd to 25th of November and different stakeholders were gathered to discuss several topics related to Disaster Risk Management worldwide.
Plenary session at the Science Council of Japan
The main objective was to address the four priorities for action stated in the Sendai Framework:
Furthermore, it was highlighted that for a successful disaster risk reduction it is also needed:
For each of the points mentioned above, a working group was organised. The working groups were formed by participants according to their expertise and/or interest.
Young professionals were actively participating on behalf of the youth, and their contributions were taken into account into the Draft – Tokyo Statement 2017 – Science and Technology Action for a Disaster-Resilient World.
Group picture by the end of the sessions