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GLOCOL seminar "Disaster Risk Management, Disaster Reconstruction, and International Cooperation"

2012-12-14 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. - 9:10 p.m.

The Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL) will hold a seminar "Disaster Risk Management, Disaster Reconstruction, and International Cooperation" on Friday, December 14. This seminar aims to discuss disaster prevention measures that will help reduce death and damage and the role of neighboring cities and areas as well as international cooperation with specialists in these areas. We'd like to have in-depth discussion about how to provide and receive support in the aftermath of large-scale disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake in order to view more clearly the progress in international disaster cooperation.

Venue: Conference Room, 6th floor, Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) Building, Osaka University (Map)

There is no fee for attending.

Registration is required.

How to apply: Send your name, affiliation, email address and phone number to nporesearch@ml.osipp.osaka-u.ac.jp by Wednesday, December 12. Entitle your email "Application for 12/14 Seminar."

Sponsored by: Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University

In cooperation with: Center for Nonprofit Research & Information, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University

Program

  • 6:00-6:10 -- Opening greetings: YAMAUCHI Naoto, Professor, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University
  • 6:10-6:40 -- Report 1, "Disaster Control in the World and International Cooperation," ISHIWATARI Mikio, World Bank, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist
  • 6:40-7:10 -- Report 2, "International Humanitarian System and the Role of UN," WATANABE Masaki, Director, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), Kobe Office
  • 7:10-7:40 -- Report 3 "Disaster Contingency Planning and Inter-Community Cooperation based on Lessons Learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake," SUGIMOTO Akinori, Superintendent of Disaster Emergency Management, Hyogo Prefectural Government
  • 7:40-7:50 -- Break
  • 7:50-8:50 -- Question and answer session and panel discussion

Panelists

  • ISHIWATARI Mikio, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank
  • WATANABE Masaki, Director, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), Kobe Office
  • SUGIMOTO Akinori, Superintendent of Disaster Emergency Management, Hyogo Prefectural Government

Moderator: KAWAWAKI Yasuo, Senior Recovery Expert, International Recovery Platform

  • 20:50-21:10 -- Conclusion and Closing

Brief Bios of Panelists and a Moderator

ISHIWATARI Mikio, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank

Mr. Ishiwatari is from Tokyo. Completing a master's course in urban engineering at the Graduate School of Engineering of The University of Tokyo, he joined the Ministry of Works (current Ministry of National Land and Transportation) in 1988. He worked at the Embassy of Japan in Nepal. After that, he served as as a researcher at the Cranfield Disaster Management Centre of Cranfield University in U.K., as an urban development specialist at Asian Development Bank, as a planning specialist at the River Planning Division, Ministry of National Land and Transportation, and as a director at Hamada Office of River and National Highway. Since 2005, as a international cooperation specialist of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, he was involved in reconstruction assistance in the aftermath of Indian Ocean tsunami disaster and adaptation to climate change, disaster planning, and peace building in Asia and Africa. Since October 2011, he has been involved in a project to learn lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake as a senior disaster risk management specialist. He has a doctor's degree in International Cooperation Studies.

WATANABE Masaki, Director, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), Kobe Office

Mr. Watanabe is from Osaka Prefecture. After graduating from the School of Political Science and Economics of  Waseda University, he completed a master's course at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the U.K. In 1997, he joined the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund of Japan. He worked at the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Representation in Zambia and UNHCR's headquarters in Geneva, headquarters of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Following that, he was involved in support to Sri Lanka and The Great East Japan Earthquake victims as a humanitarian affairs specialist at the Asia and Pacific Division, Coordination and Response Department, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). He has served in his current job since May 2012.

SUGIMOTO Akinori, Superintendent of Disaster Emergency Management, Hyogo Prefectural Government

Mr. Sugimoto is from Hyogo Prefecture. After graduating from the School of Law of Kyoto University, he joined Hyogo Prefectural Government. He served as a chief at the Dream and Vision Division, Long-term Vision Department, a chief at the Policy Planning Division, Department of Policy Planning, a vice director at the Hyogo Prefecture Nishiharima Office and a chief at the Planning and Coordination Department, a chief at the Agriculture Planning Office, Agricultural & Environmental Affairs Department, and a director at the Hyogo Prefecture Kitaharima Office. In April 2011 he became Vice Superintendent of Disaster Emergency Management, Hyogo Prefectural Government and since April 2012 he has served in his current job.

KAWAWAKI Yasuo, Senior Recovery Expert, International Recovery Platform

Mr. Kawawaki is from Hyogo Prefecture. In 1984 he joined Hyogo Prefectural Government. He worked at the Policy Planning Division, Urban Housing Department; Planning Office, Land Policies Bureau; and Administration Office, University of Hyogo. Following that, since 2010, he has served as a councilor at the Research Department, Asian Disaster Reduction Center; and as a senior recovery expert at the International Recovery Platform Office. Since 2011-2012 academic year, he has served as a visiting professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University.

For more information and/or to make application, please contact: Center for Nonprofit Research & Information, OSIPP, Osaka University

Email: nporesearch@ml.osipp.osaka-u.ac.jp

Date: 2012-12-14 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. - 9:10 p.m.
URL: http://www.glocol.osaka-u.ac.jp/research/121214.html

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