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· Training and disseminating of cutting-edge disaster prevention technologies in Korea to developing countries
· Building capacity for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation through training and assistance

2015 year

Notes for the Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction's Seminar at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction successfully convened a seminar on 16 March 2015 at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan on 14-18 March 2015. With the title 'Learning Disasters From Past Disasters-Typhoon Committee Forging the Way,' the seminar attempted to review the WGDRR's achievements in the last ten years and identify the challenges and gaps, thereby setting the new visions and goals for the future.

The welcome addresses were delivered by Dr. Jinyoung Kim on behalf of the Chair of the WGDRR, and Mr. Puji Pujiono on behalf of UNESCAP. Then the WGDRR's commitment, its past activities and the lessons learned from past were presented by Dr. Yuichi Ono(Tohoku University), Dr. Chihun Lee(NDMI), and Dr. Vicente B. Malano(PAGASA, the Philippines). The discussion was followed with participation from the floor. During the discussion, the WGDRR's efforts in reducing disaster risk were acknowledged. However, a gap between scientists and policy makers was highlighted and further efforts to reduce the gap were recommended. In this regard, the importance of generating data to be easily understood to the policy makers and the public was shared. There were around 20 participants from Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, and international organizations.

2014 year

Notes for the 9th Workshop of Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction

The 9th International workshop of WGDRR was successfully held on 26-27 May 2014 at Intercontinental Seoul COEX Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The main theme for this year’s workshop was “Past, Present, and Future of WGDRR.” There were 22 participants from 6 Members (i.e. Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Thailand, and USA, VIETNAM), Mr. Woon Kwang YEO (Director of NDMI), Mr. Olavo Requinho (TC secretary), Mr. Yoichi ONO (Tohoku University), Ms. Ye Jin HA of UNESCAP, Raymond TANABE (NOAA), River Tech, and SDM Eng. Chung-Ang Aero Survey attended this workshop.

National Disaster Management Institute of Republic Korea hosts this workshop every year. The principle objectives of WGDRR Annual meeting were to strengthen on international cooperation, and DRR Members took this opportunity to share the recent information related to DRR field and follow up the Annual Operating Project. During the meeting, Members shared the International Cooperation Research Strategy and information for Media Report guide on disasters. In addition, some impressive videos were presented by HKO related to increasing public awareness of typhoon dangers to the general public, which was one of this year’s AOPs of WGDRR. It should be a successful project this year and will be effective in increasing awareness to the general public of typhoon related dangers and catastrophes with the hope of minimizing storm related casualties.