Sustainable Development Goals and Disaster Risk Reduction

The symposium will explore linkages between the SDGs and DRR.

- Asia/Tokyo
ANA Crown Plaza Hotel Kobe 9F Rosemary (1 Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0002, Hyogo)
Open to public

The public workshop Sustainable Development Goals and Disaster Risk Reduction will be held on 12 February 2015 in Kobe, Japan.

This workshop will explore linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), especially linkages between the post-2015 development agenda and the Hyogo Framework for Action, in order to develop policy recommendations for the forthcoming UN World Conference on DRR in Sendai. The event will also discuss how SDGs can help build safe, inclusive, resilient cities and human settlements, and promote better risk communication in Japan.


While the international community is accelerating its efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, discussion on the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs is gathering momentum. At the same time, the proposed SDGs emphasize the importance of cities and human settlements that are safe, inclusive, and resilient to disasters, and are in line with the forthcoming Hyogo Framework for Action, as well as holistic disaster risk management at all levels.

Simultaneous Japanese–English translation will be provided at this event.


13:00–13:05 Opening Remarks

Norichika Kanie (Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS; Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology; Project leader, POST2015 project)

13:05–14:35 Session 1: Exploring the linkages between the SDGs and DRR


  • Masahiko Iguchi (Research Associate, UNU-IAS)
  • Robert Lindner (Research Associate, UNU-IAS)
  • Ana Christina Thorlund (Knowledge Management Officer, International Recovery Platform)

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Moderator: Masahiko Iguchi

14:35–14:50 Break

14:50–16:35 Session 2: Lessons from local/community-level disaster risk managements and implications for "Japan’s SDGs"


  • Takashi Takami (Disaster Management Project Planning Division, Hyogo Prefecture Government)
  • Yoko Saito (Researcher, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution)
  • Hirokazu Nagata (Director, Plus Arts)
  • Morihiko Shimamura (Director, Iwaki OtentoSUN Enterprise Cooperative)

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Moderator: Takayoshi Kusago (Professor, Kansai University)

16:35 Closing

*Please note that the programme is subject to change.

This event will be organized by the Project on Sustainable Transformation for 2015 (sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan) and will be held as part of the UNU-IAS Governance for Sustainable Development project's activities.

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