UN-SPIDER and ADRC organize side event at the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

This high profile ministerial conference was organized by the Government of Korea and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and took place from 25 to 29 October 2010 in Incheon, Korea. The participants were ministers from Asia and Pacific countries and delegations from governments that included decision makers from the ministries responsible for Disaster Risk reduction in the respective countries. Technologists, scientists and academic institutions were also represented. The conference aimed at finalizing the Incheon Regional Roadmap on DRR through CCA [Climate Change Adaptation] in Asia and the Pacific (Incheon REMAP) and an action plan for its implementation. The Incheon Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia and the Pacific 2010 was the final outcome of the conference. UN-SPIDER and the Asian Disaster Reduction Centre (ADRC) jointly organized the side event “Incorporating space-based information and technology into DRR and CCA” on 26 October 2010. Four panelists delivered presentations related to theme of the side event: Shirish Ravan, UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER, Masaru Arakida, ADRC, Chu Ishida, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and Hyo-Suk Lim, KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute). Through this side event, the organizers were able to highlight the role of space technology in the overall context of AMCDRR. The presence of stakeholders like JAXA and UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER was instrumental in bringing a statement about the use of space technology into the Incheon REMAP and in the action plan. Both the Ministerial Declaration and the road map can be downloaded at the event’s website.

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