UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: Public ForumWhole-Community Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction that Includes Persons with Disabilities

Time: March 17, 2015 (Tuesday) 9:30 – 15:30 Location: Hall B, 21F, AER (TKP Garden City Sendai) (1-3-1 AER 21F, Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai)

Persons with disabilities, children, the elderly, and women can be especially vulnerable in times of disaster, and have a variety of needs. This was demonstrated by the fact that the percentage of people with disabilities who died or were injured as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake was higher than for the region’s general population.

This public forum will discuss inclusive disaster preparedness from 2015, looking at how to meet a diverse variety of needs, including those of disabled persons, in disaster planning, drills, and life in evacuation centers, as well as ways in which persons with disabilities can contribute to these efforts, and the importance of taking a whole-community approach.

Time March 17, 2015 (Tuesday) 9:30 – 15:30
Location Hall B, 21F, AER (TKP Garden City Sendai) (1-3-1 AER 21F, Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, 980-6121)
Organizers The Nippon Foundation, City of Sendai, Sendai City Welfare Association for the Disabled, Tohoku Fukushi University, Sendai Initiative Group for Reducing the Impact of Disaster on Persons with Disabilities
Sponsors Oita Prefecture Social Welfare Council, Institute of Human Diversity Japan, Kiguchi Foundation, Japan Disability Forum (JDF)
Capacity 200 persons
Admission Free
To Apply Please mail, fax, or e-mail the Application Form(PDF/520KB) by March 10.


9:30-9:50 Yohei Sasakawa (Chairman, The Nippon Foundation)
Miyato Takahashi (Director General, Public Health and Welfare Bureau, City of Sendai)
9:50-12:00 Panel Discussion I “Proposal for Disaster-Prepared Community Building from the Perspectives of Persons with Disabilities”
Seiichi Takahashi (Professor, Tohoku Fukushi University)
  • Kazuhiko Abe (Chairman, Sendai City Welfare Association for the Disabled / Professor, Tohoku Fukushi University)
  • Kiyoharu Shiraishi (Representative of the JDF Disaster Area Support Center for People with Disabilities Fukushima)
  • Shigeo Tatsuki (Professor, Doshisha University)
  • Hideto Kawakita (Representative member of the Committee on the Development of Human Resources to Manage Support Centers for Disaster-affected People, Nippon Foundation)
  • Marcie Roth (Director, Office of Disability Integration & Coordination, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency)
12:00-13:00 Lunch (a light meal will be provided)
13:00-15:00 Panel Discussion II “Community-Wide Efforts to Achieve Inclusive DRR”
Shigeo Tatsuki (Professor, Doshisha University)
  • Ádám Kósa (Member of the European Parliament / Member of the legal committee, World Federation of the Deaf)
  • Akiie Ninomiya (Director, Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD))
  • Junko Murano (Specialist, Oita Prefecture Social Welfare Council)
  • Mitsuaki Aoyagi (Chief Manager, Disaster Relief Team and Social Innovation Promotion Team, Nippon Foundation)
  • Lena Dominelli (Former president, The International Federation of Social Workers / Professor, Durham University)
15:00-15:15 Closing Remarks


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