概要

About the Forum

Greetings
Yuichi Ono (Founder and Representative Director, World BOSAI Forum)

What kind of image do you have of disaster reduction? Do you have a hard image of disaster reduction as something that has to be done, that is not interesting, or that is gray?

We launched the World Disaster Reduction Forum in order to break away from this negative image and to get not only experts but also citizens around the world interested in disaster reduction.

In the Great East Japan Earthquake, nearly 20,000 people were killed. Tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of people who were connected to those victims also suffered unbearable separation.

We are committed to spreading "BOSAI" around the world so that such a sad thing will never happen again.

We hope that many of you will come to the 3rd World BOSAI Forum to discuss, learn, and spread disaster reduction throughout the world.

Yuichi Ono

Geographer and Climatologist, speacilized in wind-related disasters such as tornadoes. He is also keen to international disaster risk reduction policies. He has been involved in international disaster risk reduction policy development at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO, Geneva), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR, Geneva and Bonn), and the United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP, Bangkok), etc. After being away from Japan for nearly 20 years, he returned to Japan in 2012 to join the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University where he also serves as the director of the Global Center for Disaster Statistics, a joint initiative with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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COMING SOON

What is the World BOSAI Forum?

Reduction(WCDRR) held in Sendai, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, a set of guidelines for efforts related to disaster reduction, was formulated. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction also incorporates many of the concepts promoted by Japan, such as the importance of investment in disaster reduction and "Build Back Better”. It is Japan's responsibility to promote the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction, as a world leader in the field of disaster reduction. Furthermore, the activities of Japan and the Tohoku region in the process of recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011, have attracted great interest from around the world.

However, while there have been a variety of international conferences on disaster risk reduction held around the world, including UN-led and academic conferences, there has been no international "forum" where specific solutions to reduce damage from disasters can be focused, shared, and discussed.

Therefore, we decided to establish a "FORUM" in Sendai to propose solutions for disaster risk reduction from various perspectives, both domestic and international, industry, government, academia, and civil society, to learn from each other, to create new values, and to promote the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction. This is the World BOSAI Forum.

BOSAI

"Disaster risk reduction" is a term that refers to efforts at all stages of a disaster, including disaster preparedness, emergency response after a disaster, and recovery and reconstruction stages. By translating disaster risk reduction in Japanese into English as "BOSAI", we aim to integrate the concept of disaster risk reduction into policies, societies and cultures around the world (mainstreaming disaster risk reduction).

The 1st World BOSAI Forum (2017) gathered Sendai City, Tohoku University, and various stakeholders (UN, international organizations, governments, private companies, media, NGOs/civil society organizations, universities and research institutes) to share information and discuss concrete solutions for reducing disasters. The Forum also promoted the creation of a field for new partnerships and other initiatives.

At the second World BOSAI Forum (2019), discussions were held on how to achieve Global Target E of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction 2015-2030 (to significantly increase the number of countries with national and local disaster reduction strategies by 2020). The results of the discussions on what is a better recovery, what is a psychological recovery, and how to cope with disasters caused by climate change, which has become more serious in recent years, as well as the application of advanced technologies such as AI and IoT technologies to disaster management, were shared with the world.

The third session will focus on the following two points.
First, to encourage more active participation by the private sector and younger generations, and second, to increase participation and interaction by holding highly planned sessions on several themes, especially those related to integrated and interdisciplinary approaches. We will disseminate information to the world on concrete solutions for disaster reduction as the World Disaster Reduction Forum, through dialogue among industry, government, academia, and the private sector, with an emphasis on the perspectives of women and young people.

Sendai, Miyagi

Sendai, Miyagi

Overview

The official Name of the Conference World Bosai Forum/ International Disaster Risk Conference 2023 in Sendai
(hereafter called WBF)
Scheduled Date March 10 to 13, 2023
Venue Sendai International Center
Aobayama, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi 980-0856, Japan

Hagi Hall at Tohoku University
40 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi 980-8576, Japan
Organizer World Bosai Forum Local Organizing Committee/World Bosai Forum International Steering Committee
Sponsorship(2019 For reference) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Toursism, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Aomori prefecture, Iwate Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Sendai Broadcasting station, Sendai Television Incorpolated,TOHOKU BROADCASTING CO LTD., Miyagi Television Broadcasting Co.,Ltd., HIGASHI NIPPON BROADCASTING Co.,Ltd., Sendai FM BROADCASTING, INC., The Asahi Shimbun CompanySendai general office, The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. Sendai branch office, SANKEI SHIMBUN CO.,LTD. Tohoku general office, THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN Tohoku general office)
Estimated participants Approximately 4,500 people (research institutions, international organizations, government agencies, domestic and international experts on disaster prevention from companies, organizations, NGOs, etc.), citizens, students

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Poster

The five figures on the poster represent people of different skin colors, religions, and backgrounds who are united by a single goal of disaster prevention, bringing together their hearts and knowledge to share with the world.

The lower part of the poster depicts people's lives and the nature that is closely related to and always has a great impact on us. The World BOSAI Forum aims to create a society where nature and human activities are in harmony and no one suffers from disasters.

Poster design: Mikio Odaka

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The Forum aims to serve as a basis for the sharing of research, technology, and experience in disaster prevention among people and its spread throughout the world.

This logo was created with the image of "a sign of knowledge sharing a vision of disaster prevention”. The logo depicts a diverse group of people gathered at one "table" to think, discuss, and create.

The four-colored shapes in the logo represent the four priorities of industry, government, academia, and the private sector, as well as the four priority actions of the "Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction. We believe that the creative ideas that emerge from these flexible discussions will contribute to the future.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Sendai.

Logo design: Yu Sato, Nanairo Co.

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Official Character Ono-kun

Ono-kun appears casually in the World Bosai Forum.

Ono-kun is a cute stuffed toy knitted with stuffing socks, but the origin of Ono-kun can be traced back to the Great Depression that began in the United States in the 1930s.

It is said that "Sox-monkey" started when a mother stuffed used socks with rags and sewed them together, while many people were in poverty and could not buy toys for their children.

The idea caught the hearts of housewives in Rikuzen-Ono, Higashimatsushima, who were in shelters after the Tohoku earthquake in 2011, and led to the birth of a Japanese-made sock monkey called Ono-kun.

In temporary housing, there is nothing but what is given.

I heard that the housewives who suffered from the disaster had a strong desire to do something by themselves.

Mr. Ono, who runs the World Bosai Forum, visited these housewives and appointed by them as a goodwill ambassador of Ono-kun.

In the World Bosai Forum, Ono-kun will appear casually, not in the shape of a yuru-chara(mascot), in consideration of Ono-kun, who has a habit of mumbling, "IT'S SUCH A PAIN!" Thank you.

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