THE ROAD TO KOBE, HYOGO
World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR), Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, 18-22
WCDR on-line dialogue:
A solid foundation for progress in the implementation
of disaster risk reduction
730 participants from 107 countries participated in the on-line conference
held 15 June-15 July on priority areas for future action to implement disaster
risk reduction for 2005-2015, in preparation for the WCDR. The dialogue
generated a global discussion between government representatives, experts
and interested stakeholders on reducing vulnerability to natural hazards,
providing solid inputs to the discussions and outcomes of the WCDR towards
setting the global disaster reduction agenda for the next 10 years.
The summary report of the on-line conference is available at http://www.unisdr.org/WCDR-dialogue/
The official WCDR logo (in six languages and in varying formats) is now
available for use by any organization wishing to use the logo for illustrative
or information purposes related to the Conference, including placement
on websites or weblinks. Organizations wishing to use the logo must first
obtain permission from the United Nations through the WCDR secretariat.
The logo is composed of two elements: globe and lines. The globe represents
the fact that disasters can affect us all, no matter who or where we are.
The curving lines represent a disaster-affected globe, and the regular
parallel lines symbolize order brought about by actions aiming at disaster
To download and access guidelines for use of the logo, please refer to http://www.unisdr.org/eng/wcdr/logo/wcdr-logo.htm
second announcement available on-line
The second announcement for the WCDR is available on-line, providing comprehensive
information on how to participate and register for the WCDR in addition
to information on applying to organize events.
The French and Spanish versions of the announcement will be available shortly
on the WCDR website.
To download the second announcement, please refer to
meetings in preparation for the WCDR
The European Commission Joint Research Centre and the Swedish Rescue Services
Agency in collaboration with the OECD International Futures Programme is
organizing a seminar on systematic risks and lessons learned. For further
information on this meeting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
the password-protected web site (User name: lessons/Password: learned) http://webdomino1.oecd.org/comnet/env/Workshops.nsf/Documents/lessons/$File/index.htm
The UN Centre for Regional Development invites you to an on-line forum
on community based disaster management (CBDM) that will take place 13 September-6
October 2004. The forum is intended to expand ideas of governance, civil
society and education in the context of CBDM for further discussion at
information is available at http://www.hyogo.uncrd.or.jp
In Latin America, various meetings in preparation for the WCDR are scheduled
over the upcoming months. On 24-26 August a regional gathering on communications
and public information will take place in Antigua, Guatemala, organized
by IFRC, PAHO, UNESCO and UN/ISDR. On 7-9 September OAS, UNESCO, UNICEF
and UN/ISDR are organizing a regional meeting on education for disaster
risk reduction in El Salvador. Caribbean states will meet to discuss hazard
and disaster management on 12-16 September in Jamaica. Finally, the Latin
American consultation for the WCDR will be held in Quito, Ecuador on 16-17
Further information on these meetings is available at http://www.eird.org
For any enquiries relating to the Conference, please refer to the official
WCDR website http://www.isdr.org/wcdr or
contact the WCDR Special Unit on email@example.com
new at www.unisdr.org
A new section targeted at the media is now available on the ISDR website.
The Mediaroom provides journalists with up-to-date news on disaster reduction
around the world including information on the World Conference on Disaster
Reduction. News items (press releases, articles, etc.) on disaster risk
reduction for possible placement on the website are welcome.
listing of meetings and conferences related to disaster
risk reduction is now available on the ISDR website.
To submit information on upcoming events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org,
indicating the meeting or conference title, date, location,
contact person, email address and website (if available).
The access the list, please refer to http://www.unisdr.org/meeting-conference.htm
UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction -
2004 Nomination Process closed
On 18 August, the nomination process for the 2004 UN Sasakawa Award for
Disaster Reduction closed. 32 nominations were received, which will be
reviewed by the Sasakawa Jury in September before the announcement of the
UN Sasakawa Laureate and recipients of Certificates of Distinction and
of Merit on the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction,
next Wednesday 13 October.
For further information on the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction,
please refer to
Heads of State adopt integrated sub-regional approach
to disaster reduction
At the recent meeting of the Andean Council of Foreign Ministers held on
14-15 July in Quito, Ecuador Andean countries adopted a sub-regional strategy
for prevention and attention to disasters, demonstrating their clear commitment
to disaster risk reduction and the upcoming WCDR, as well as taking into
consideration pertinent related issues such as climate change and El Niño.
Further information on the meeting and strategy is available at http://www.comunidadandina.org/
publications in disaster reduction
" Keeping Schools Safe in Earthquakes" is a new OECD publication that
brought together 30 world-renowned experts and the US-based non-profit organization
GeoHazards International, calling for action on seismic risks for schoolchildren.
To download the publication, please refer to http://www.oecd.org/edu/schoolsafety
Disaster Brief is a new newsletter from the web forum "Disaster Watch" -
a joint initiative of the Huairou Commission, GROOTS International and
Swayam Shikshan Prayog - that aims at sharing information on disasters
and development, grassroots and policy initiatives. To subscribe, please
contact email@example.com or
refer to http://www.disasterwatch.net
Highlights is a monthly email update on current news
in disaster reduction published by the Inter-Agency Secretariat
of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Please direct all enquiries (including subscription requests) to: firstname.lastname@example.org