What is the
“World Bosai Forum” ?
World Bosai Forum （WBF） is an international forum on disaster risk reduction held in Sendai, Japan, in partnership with the International Disaster and Risk Conference （IDRC） in Davos, Switzerland. Officials and experts from Japan and overseas, including international organizations, governments, private sector, academia, and media, as well as local citizen participate in the Forum. The IDRC is a renowned conference held in even-numbered years in Davos since 2006, and the majority of its participants are disaster risk reduction specialists from Europe. In contrast, the majority of the participants to the WBF are from Asia and Pacific regions, and we aim to increase the number of participants especially from the developing countries. We also have many citizen participants from Japan. The Forum aims at pursuing practical solutions in disaster risk reduction through lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and other disasters from the world. “Bosai” is a convenient and traditional Japanese term which encompasses a comprehensive concept from disaster risk reduction to reconstruction and recovery.
The first WBF in 2017 achieved a great success, bringing together 947 participants from over 42 countries and more than 10,000 local citizens. Sendai is the birthplace of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. We plan to host the Forum in this sacred city of Sendai in odd-numbered years. The Forum would also contribute to accelerating disaster recovery in Tohoku.
BOSAI is a traditional Japanese term, indicating a holistic approach to reduce human and economic losses from disasters, which represents activities in all disaster phases, including prevention, recovery, response and mitigation.