A resolute pledge for universal disaster preparedness

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Japan Times Ltd., the

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The World Bosai Forum (WBF), launched in 2017 in partnership with the International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) in Davos, Switzerland, is set to be held from Nov. 9 to 12 at Sendai International Center and Kawauchi Hagi Hall at Tohoku University.

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“We hope the forum will be a place for people to pass on their knowledge and wisdom gained through experiencing natural disasters. We also want this to be a place where we can discuss new issues and ways to solve them,” said Kanayo Kousaka, secretary-general of the World Bosai Forum Foundation.

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Under the slogan “Sharing Bosai wisdom globally — Contributing to the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Achievement of the Sendai Targets, in Particular Target E,” this year’s forum is set to promote implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is a guideline for global disaster prevention efforts adopted by U.N. member states in 2015 at the third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that was also held in Sendai. Among seven targets stipulated in the guideline, Target E aims to “substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.”

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Raising awareness for disaster prevention is becoming increasingly important as the world faces the growing threat of climate change. According to the Belgium-based Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, there were 315 natural disaster events recorded in 2018, affecting 68 million people. The disasters resulted in $131.7 billion in economic losses across the world, it said.

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