Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM)

Volume 2 Number 3 (2010)

Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management 2010 2 3

doi: 10.3850/S1793924011000496

Living Safe from Water-related Disasters: Concrete Actions Recommended by the High-Level Expert Panel on Water and Disaster/UNSGAB

Hideaki Oda1 and Hikaru Shoji2
1Member of UN Secretary General Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation,
2-30-23-502 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001, Japan.
2CTI International Co., Ltd./former chief officer of the Japan Water Forum,
2-25-14 Kameido Koto-ku, Tokyo, 136-0071, Japan.


The High-Level Expert Panel on Water and Disaster/UNSGAB (HLEP) was convened at the request of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) in 2007, under the presidency of H.E. Dr. Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea and former President of the Korea Water Forum. HLEP was co-moderated by the World Water Council, the UN Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and the Japan Water Forum (JWF), and its members included 21 experts in disaster preparedness and response and international issues. JWF served as a leading secretariat, and the Government of Japan strongly supported the activities of HLEP through their attendances at the meetings as a permanent observer and substantial inputs to the final outcomes. As the fruit of serious and devoted efforts from its participants, and united in its sincere wish to build a safer world, HLEP created a report of action plans which proposes concrete actions addressed to specific actors for the achievement of preventing, preparing for, and managing water-related disasters. The report aims to give life and immediacy to the principle of coherent disaster prevention and response to which global community has already committed.

Keywords: Disaster prevention and preparedness, Resilience, Sustainable development, Large delta states network, Hydro-climatic data, Public goods, Climate change.

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