On 11 November 2011, UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) will support the organization of a symposium on the Tohoku Re-Create Expo. Organized by local civil society and co-hosted by UNESCO, the Tohoku Re-create Expo aims to support “with dignity” the reconstruction of communities in Japan’s Tohoku region affected severely by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The symposium will bring together civil society, academics, private and public sector participants, and other stakeholders to discuss ways to create more resilient societies that establish a balance between humans and nature. Discussions will draw on the Japanese concept of the “kizuna” bond, which symbolizes symbiosis with nature and protection against disasters.
In addition to presenting and explaining the projects that have been implemented as part of the Tohoku Re-create Expo, presentations will consider how to engage the “global village” in recovery, support education and recognize the important role played by cultural factors in building resilience.
The symposium is free and open to the public.
For more information and registration details, see the event page on the UNU-ISP website.
U Thant Hall, United Nations University