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  • International online conference to address water-related Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) under the COVID-19 pandemic Asian Development Bank
    High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters
    National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
    United Nations Centre for Regional Development
    United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs


    Date: 20 Aug 2020
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International online conference to address water-related Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) under the COVID-19 pandemic

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP)

OTHER ORGANIZER(S): Asian Development Bank (ADB)
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Type: Meeting or Conference Date: 20 Aug 2020 Location: Online event

As the world continues to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, the threats of water-related disasters remain as imminent now as before COVID-19. Numerous people around the world have been affected and thousands of people have lost their lives due to water-related disasters, which are increasingly frequent. In light of the current pandemic, competition and complications among disaster risk reduction (DRR) emergency responses and the COVID-19 health care responses exacerbate the challenges and could magnify negative impacts in certain countries and cities.

In this Online Conference on Water-related Disasters under COVID-19, leaders, government officials, representatives of international/UN organizations as well as civil society organizations, and experts on disaster risk reduction, water and health will discuss effective ways to address water-related disaster risk reduction in times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chaired by Dr Han Seung-soo, HELP Chair and Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, the line-up of keynote remarks and speeches include:

  • Mr Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations (video message)
  • Mr Masatsugu Asakawa, President, Asian Development Bank
  • Prof. Akihiko Tanaka, President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
  • Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): “Water, DRR, and Economics under COVID-19”
  • H.E. Dr Danilo Türk, Former President of the Republic of Slovenia, Chair of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace and Lead Political Advisor of the Geneva Water Hub: “Water and Peace under COVID-19”

Time: Central Europe 8:30 am (CEST, UTC+2), Jakarta/Bangkok 1:30 pm (WIB/TST, UTC+7), Manila 2:30 pm (PST, UTC+8), Seoul/Tokyo 3:30 pm (KST/JST, UTC+9)



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