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Highlights for
Friday, 21 January 2005


On Friday, delegates to the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) continued to meet in sessions of the Intergovernmental and Thematic Segments. In Plenary, the Conference addressed the Review of the Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action for a Safer World, and heard general statements by countries and intergovernmental and other organizations. The Main Committee addressed the draft Hyogo declaration, and continued discussing the draft framework for action. In the Thematic Segment, the final panel was convened on preparedness for effective response, and fourteen sessions of the thematic clusters were held throughout the day.

Above photo: Main Committee Chair Marco Ferrari (Switzerland) (far left) in discussion with the EU.



Plenary: 

Review of the Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action for a Safer World: 

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ISDR Director Sálvano Briceño introduced the review of the Yokohoma Strategy and Plan of Action for a Safer World (A/CONF.206/L.1) based on comments and input from the IATF, governments, international organizations and NGOs during the WCDR preparatory process.

Above photo L-R: John Horekens, Coordinator of WCDR and Sálvano Briceño, Director, ISDR and Hans Joachim-Daerr (Germany), WCDR Bureau Vice-President 



INDIA emphasized an insurance system for disasters. Above photo L-R: Rupan Deol Bajaj, I.A.S.; G.L. Goyal and Romesh Chander Dogra, Minister Health and Family, Punjab (India)


SYRIA proposed establishing a global fund to support the implementation of disaster risk reduction programmes. Above photo L-R: Mohammad Rekieh and Moutaz Dalati (Syria)



Thematic Segment: 
Thematic Panel Cluster 5: Preparedness for effective response


Above photo: The dais of the thematic cluster 5 with Johan Schaar, Head of Division, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sweden); Carlos Scaramella, Chief, Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit, WFP; Yvette Stevens, Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator and UN/OCHA Director; Siddiqur Rahman Choudhury, Secretary, Ministry for Food and Disaster Management (Bangladesh); Fernanda Teixeira, Secretary General, Mozambique Red Cross; Randolph Kent, Senior Research Fellow, King’s College London; José Llanes Guerra, Director, National Disaster Office (Cuba)


The panel was chaired by Siddiqur Rahman Choudhury, Secretary, Bangladesh’s Ministry for Food and Disaster Management.


Fernanda Teixeira, Secretary General, Mozambique Red Cross, emphasized its long-term approaches to community-based disaster preparedness, the lack of funding for sustaining preparedness programmes and the need for indicators and assessments to ensure readiness.

 



Yvette Stevens, Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator and UN/OCHA Director, stressed the global community’s responsibility to address the global, regional and local risks that contribute to disasters.


José Llanes Guerra
, Director, Cuba’s National Disaster Office, outlined Cuba’s civil defense approach, highlighting the important role of community-level activities and local leadership.


Thematic Cluster 4: Session 4.1 on Disaster prevention functions and disaster resistant sustainable livelihood


Sumedha Jayasena
, Minister of Women's Empowerment and Social Welfare (Sri Lanka), urged reconstruction efforts to focus on sustainable livelihoods.


The thematic cluster session 4.1 on Disaster prevention functions and disaster resistant sustainable livelihood was co-chaired by Tadatsugu Tanaka, Professor, University of Tokyo, and Anil Subedi, Country Director, Intermediate Technology Development Group, Nepal.



Taizo Homma, Director-General, Niigata Prefecture, explained the role of drainage systems in disaster reduction.


Yohei Sato, Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture, underscored that rural communities not only produce food but help increase disaster resilience.


Thematic Cluster 1: 
Session 1.9 on Local governance: preconditions for effective disaster risk reduction

Above photo: The dais on thematic cluster session 1.9 on Local governance: preconditions for effective disaster risk reduction


The thematic cluster session 1.9 was chaired by Christina Bollin, Programme Manager, Disaster Risk Management in Development Cooperation, GTZ.


Mohammed Yousaf  Pashtun, Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Afghanistan, said Afghanistan has an opportunity to build effective governance structures from scratch, learning from best practice.


Oscar René Alcántara, civil society representative, Honduras, underlined the benefits of civil society participation for long-term planning in politically unstable contexts.


Main Committee:  


The Main Committee addressed the draft Hyogo declaration in the morning and completed negotiations on that document in the afternoon. Delegates also continued consideration of the draft framework for action, with negotiations carrying on late into the night.

Above photos L-R: Main Committee Chair Marco Ferrari (Switzerland) assited by WCDR Secretariat; Pankaj Saran (India) and Robert Owen Jones (Australia). 



Above photos L-R: Juana Nuñez (Mexico); Joyce Mosweu (Botswana) and Jorge Osella (Argentina)



Above photos L-R: Nicolas Nzoyoum  (Cameroon), Fredrik Arthúr (Norway) and Shelley-Ann Clarke-Hinds (Trinidad and Tobago)




WCDR ENB Snapshots: 



Above photos L-R: Photos from the reception hosted by the Government of Japan


Above photos: WCDR local volunteers wearing the Kimono, a Japanese traditonal dress 

This service was prepared in cooperation with the ISDR Secretariat



Links

UN/ISDR (the Conference Secretariat)
UNGA Resolution A/RES/58/214 (PDF)
The Yokohama Strategy
ENB coverage of PrepCom1 for the Conference on Disaster Reduction
ENB coverage of PrepCom2 for the Conference on Disaster Reduction  
ENB summary report of PrepCom1 for the Conference on Disaster Reduction 
ENB summary report of PrepCom2 for the Conference on Disaster Reduction

ENB summary report of the Second Conference on Early Warning 




 
 

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