Special Event on Disaster and Disability:
Lessons from Japan

18:00-21:00 on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College, City University of New York

Free admission

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Organized by Japan Disability Forum (JDF)
in cooperation with the Nippon Foundation
Under the auspices of Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
Supported by International Disability Alliance (IDA), and
Rehabilitation International (RI)

Sign language and caption services will be available
Refreshments provided

To attend please send an email to:jdf_info@dinf.ne.jp

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Japan experienced serious damages due to the Great East Japan Earthquake which took place on March 11th, 2011. We express our sincere gratitude for the kind support from various countries. Among nearly 20,000 victims, the mortality rate of persons with disabilities was double that of general population, according to the government reports. We believe from our experiences that disability-inclusive approaches are essential for the building of disaster-resilient communities. In this special event, we would like to share our experiences, including the efforts of Rikuzentakata City, which was devastated by the tsunami, under the motto "building communities where there is no need for the word Normalization," and talk about our future activities towards Post-2015 Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, and Development Agenda.


(See Flyer (PDF) )

Opening remarks
  Mr. Shuichi Ohno, Executive Director, the Nippon Foundation
  Mr. Katsunori Fujii, Chairperson, Executive Board, Japan Disability Forum (JDF)
  Mr. Jun Shimmi, Ambassador in charge of the United Nations Affairs/
           Deputy Director-General, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  Mr. Mosharraf Hossain, the International Disability Alliance (IDA)
  Ms. Anne Hawker, Immediate Past President, Rehabilitation International (RI)

Special Addresses
  Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
  Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with
        Disabilities, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
  Ms. Marcie Roth, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), United States Department of Homeland Security

Keynote Speech Mr. Katsunori Fujii, Chairperson, Executive Board, JDF

Documentary Film Show: "Messages of Life -Twice as Many Persons with Disabilities Passed Away on March Eleventh-"

Activity Report Mr. Takashi Kubota, Vice Mayor, Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture



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