Damages from natural hazards increase each year, and the costs from these disasters are escalating worldwide. The efforts and investments required to address natural hazards have clearly outstripped the capacity of government alone. There is a critical need for other partners, including businesses, civil society and academia, to respond not only to the impacts of disasters but also to mitigate their risks.
In October 2014, leaders from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia from the U.S. and Japan came together to develop a statement on how to harness the full potential of partnerships as input to the post-2015 framework on disaster risk reduction. In addition to providing policy input, they committed to exploring how to apply the recommendations outside of the U.S. and Japan, including in the developing world, in support of global resilience.
The statement of input made the following recommendations to harness the full potential of multi-sectoral partnerships: take a proactive, holistic resilience-oriented approach; set legal frameworks and governance structures which enable collaboration; serve the most vulnerable communities; establish a neutral convener or platform; utilize mass and social media to generate public awareness; and establish trust between partners before the next disaster.
During this side event, R3ADY will again bring together leaders from different sectors in the U.S. and Japan to continue the dialogue on harnessing the full potential of multi-sectoral partnerships, with a focus on implementation. The event will explore how the recommendations to advance multi-sectoral partnerships can be applied globally. R3ADY will also highlight other efforts that are exploring similar questions on multi-sectoral partnerships in other contexts in the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia, South Asia and region-wide.
The event will feature two panels, introductory remarks from Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council and Vice Chair, R3ADY Asia-Pacific, and closing remarks from Mr. Hideaki Domichi, Senior Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Panel I: U.S. and Japan Perspectives on Implementation of Partnerships:
Koichi Kaneda, Senior Director, CSR, Corporate Communications Department, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.
Tim Manning, Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency
James McGowan, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Mayumi Sakamoto, Designated Associate Professor, Disaster Mitigation Research Center, Nagoya University
Norihito Yonebayashi, Director, Disaster Risk Reduction Division, Global Environment Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency
Jainey Bavishi, Executive Director, R3ADY Asia-Pacific (Moderator)
Panel II: Regional Perspectives on Lessons for Partnerships:
Jessica Ear, Associate Professor, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Pedro Edo, Research Coordinator and iPrepare Business Consultant, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Olga Petryniak, South East Asia Regional Resilience Advisor, Mercy Corps
Sheila Roquitte, Senior Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, Regional Development Mission Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development
John Wood, Director, Pacific Outreach, U.S. Pacific Command
Gerald McSwiggan, Director, Issue Networks, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (Moderator)