August 7, 2012
Ministry of Finance
The Ministry of Finance of Japan and the World Bank to Hold “Sendai Dialogue,” a Special Event on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable DevelopmentThe Ministry of Finance of Japan and the World Bank to Hold Sendai Dialogue,” a Special Event on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Development
On October 9-10, 2012, as part of the programs of the 67th IMF-World Bank Group Annual Meetings, the Ministry of Finance of Japan and the World Bank are co-hosting a special event, Sendai Dialogue, in Sendai , the largest city in the disaster-affected Tohoku area, to highlight the imperative of integrating disaster risk management in development policy, institutions and investments.
This dialogue, to which ministers and senior officials of finance ministries and those who are engaged in development policy and disaster risk management are invited, is also aimed at sharing experiences and lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami as well as the recovery and reconstruction from this disaster, with the international community to reinforce the priority of disaster risk management in development policy and planning of the developing countries. In addition, a field visit to disaster-affected area is planned for high-level participants to look at the disaster recovery in Japan .
The Government of Japan and the World Bank are jointly undertaking a collaborative research on disaster risk management, recovery and reconstruction. The main outcomes of this joint study will also be presented at Sendai Dialogue.
- Schedule: October 9 (Tue) – 10 (Wed), 2012
- Host: The Ministry of Finance of Japan and the World Bank
- Venue: The Westin Sendai ( Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture)
October 9 (Tue) afternoon
·Opening Plenary and Panel Discussions
October 10 (Wed)
·Field visit to disaster-affected area
·High level session
On the morning of October 10, there will be a TEDx Sendai – a TED-licensed event independently organized by the World Bank. TEDx is an event in which prominent figures in various fields make effective speeches successively, and victims of mega disasters and those who have been engaged in disaster prevention will present the theme of natural disasters from a multi-disciplinary viewpoint in the TEDx Sendai. The live casting and video clips of this event will be disseminated to the world online.
- Participants: Japanese Minister of Finance, President of the World Bank Group, Ministers and senior officials of developed and developing countries, senior representatives of international organizations.
- More information about this dialogue such as media accreditation will be available shortly at the following website.