“Building Resilience to Natural Disasters: Lessons from Peru”, a Conversation with Nancy Lange-Kuczynski

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•11•13    18:30 - 19:30

    On 13 November 2017, UNU will host “Building Resilience to Natural Disasters: Lessons from Peru, a conversation with Nancy Lange-Kuczynski, First Lady of Peru. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Both Japan and Peru sit on the Pacific Ring of Fire, and experience frequent earthquakes and accompanying destruction. In addition to these seismic hazards, climate change-induced disasters — occurring more frequently and with greater severity — are pushing governments to focus on preparation and recovery. Earlier this year, for example, El Niño costero swept through Peru, flooding roads, demolishing homes, and affecting the lives of over a million people. But how can governments strengthen resilience to these disasters and effectively mitigate their growing risks?

    Nancy Lange-Kuczynski will join Cale Salih, Research Officer at the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation on the challenges of disaster risk reduction, drawing on her personal experiences as First Lady of Peru.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 12 November) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Nancy Ann Lange-Kuczynski is First Lady of Peru, wife of President Pedro-Pablo Kuczynski. She has been strongly committed to projects promoting children’s health and education, public safety, and disaster prevention.

    Originally from Wisconsin, USA, she previously served as the chief of staff of a state senator in Wisconsin, and worked as an investment advisor. Over the course of her career, she has worked in over 40 countries and spent many years in Asia, particularly in Japan.

    She holds a BA in political science and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


    2F Reception Hall
    United Nations University
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925