Expert workshop on human security and natural disasters

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Event
  • DATE / TIME :
    2011•04•26    10:30 - 17:30
    Location :
    Tokyo

    INVITATION ONLY: In light of the recent disaster in Japan, this closed workshop will examine the relevance and significance of a human security framework in preparing for, reacting to, and understanding the impacts of natural disasters on people.

    The United Nations University (UNU) Institute for Sustainability and Peace, and the Human Security Program of the University of Tokyo will hold an expert workshop on Human Security and Natural Disasters, on Tuesday 26 April at the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Natural disasters such as the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods of 2010 have incredibly far-reaching consequences for the safety and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Yet discussion of human security has tended to focus more on war and human rights abuses, than on the immense human suffering caused by natural disasters.

    In light of the recent disaster in Japan, this workshop will examine the relevance and significance of a human security framework in preparing for, reacting to, and understanding the impacts of natural disasters on people. The workshop seeks to identify how a human security approach can be applied, and identify policy recommendations and avenues for further research. Held as a closed workshop, it provides an opportunity for experts from academia, NGOs, government, and UN agencies to freely exchange thoughts and lessons learned.

    Each session will feature short presentations, followed by open discussion and brainstorming amongst all participants. The workshop will be held in English, under the “Chatham House” rule.

    Programme Outline

    10:30–11:15 The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and human security
    11:15–12:45 Understanding natural disasters through a human security framework
    12:45–14:00 Lunch break
    14:00–15:15 Human security and emergency response to natural disasters
    15:15–15:45 Coffee break
    15:45–17:00 Human security and recovering and rebuilding after natural disasters
    17:00–17:30 Wrap-up discussion: Lessons learned and ways forward