This symposium will enumerate ways to support the recovery of victims of natural disassters and to empower them through grassroots community development and governance.
The Tokiwa International Victimology Institute (TIVI; Tokiwa University, Mito, Japan) will hold a two-day symposium under the theme “Helping Victims of Natural Disasters: From Grassroots to Governance” in collaboration with the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and the Japan-US Evidence-based Mental Health Response Initiative (JEMRI; Charleston, South Carolina, USA).
The East Japan Great Earthquake of 11 March 2011 has once again raised the issue of how best to address the pain and suffering of victims of natural disasters and how best to sustain their psychological health over the long term. World-renown experts on disaster victimization and aid workers dealing with the everyday realities of the victimization caused by natural disasters will share their experiences and understanding of the psychosocial impact of large-scale disasters on people. This symposium will enumerate ways to support the recovery of victims and to empower them through grassroots community development and governance.
Professionals working for disaster victims in management, medical services, social welfare, and education, and anyone interested in helping disaster victims, as well as victims and surviving families of natural disasters, are welcome to attend.
The registration deadline is 28 September.
For more information, or to register to attend, see the event page on the UNU-ISP website.
U Thant International Conference Hall
UNU Headquarters, Tokyo