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2017.08.14

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“The Third UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters” was held on July 20, 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York

"The Third UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters" was held on July 20th, 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The meeting was organized by Dr. Han Seung-soo, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, and the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP).

In November 2015, the Second United Nations Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters was held by the initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, and the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters. About 500 representatives of the member states and diverse stakeholders shared the recognitions and understanding that addressing the issue of “water and disasters” is critical element and the core of achieving sustainable development.

The Third UN Special Thematic Session was proposed to continue the global dialogue and maintain high level of awareness on the issues of water and disasters among UN member states so as to promote further actions required to address the issue. The primary objective of the event is to overarch the issue of Water-related Extreme Events, which are crucial for achievement of sustainable development.

(1)Opening Plenary
Opening Remarks, Dr. Han Seung-Soo, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Disaster Risk Reduction and Water; Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea and Chair of the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP)

Opening Remarks, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Keynote Speech by H.E. Dr. János Áder, President, Hungary
Keynote Speech by H.E. Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President, the Republic of Mauritius
Keynote Speech by H.E. Mr. Henry Van Thio, Vice President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Keynote Speech by H.E. Mr. Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary General of Liberal Democratic Party, Japan, representative of Prime Minister
Keynote Lecture through Video by His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan

(2) High level Panel Discussion
High level panel discussion to address key issues on water and disasters in order to raise global awareness, share experiences and lessons, and promote priority actions and activities towards achievement of internationally agreed goals, targets and agreement such as 2030 Agenda, Sendai Framework and Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”.“Financing and Investment on Water-related DRR” will be focus of discussion.

(3) Special Session on Science and Technology
Special Session to discuss roles of science and technology in achieving internationally agreed goals and targets on water-related disaster risk reduction and how countries and promote and benefit from their development.

(4) Panel Discussion “Connecting Ocean, Water, and Disasters”
Following up the UN Ocean Conference in June, 2017, high level deliberation and panel discussion will be conducted to address issues connecting ocean, water, and disasters, such as integrated management of ocean and rivers against disasters, preventing oceanic pollution and environmental hazards by water-related disasters, and strengthening ocean monitoring to predict large-scale droughts and climatic extreme events.

Opening Plenary Keynote Lecture by His Imperial Highness Naruhito the Crown Prince of Japan

Opening Plenary

Keynote Lecture through Video by His Imperial
Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan

(Reported by Atsushi Noguchi, Manager)

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