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JDR Vol.19 No.3 pp. 487-488
(2024)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2024.p0487

Editorial:

Special Issue on World BOSAI Forum 2023 / IDRC 2023 in SENDAI

Fumihiko Imamura*1, Yuichi Ono*2, Daisuke Sasaki*3, and Yuta Hara*4

*1Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

*2Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

*3Associate Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

*4Assistant Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

Published:
June 1, 2024

The World BOSAI Forum 2023 (WBF2023), held in March 2023 in Sendai, Japan, was successfully convened as a global platform for practical discussion of disaster risk reduction issues in a free and dynamic manner, in contrast to the United Nations, where national interests collide, or academic conferences where experts gather. In particular, we aimed to disseminate the knowledge and lessons learned from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET) to the world and share the knowledge and lessons with Japan. We would like to take this opportunity again to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who participated in the sessions, exhibitions, posters, and flash talk presentations, as well as to the many locals who attended the event. According to the World BOSAI Forum [1], the WBF2023 was attended by 5,412 people over 3 days, including 1,335 pre-registrants from 40 countries and regions, on-site registrants, and EXPO participants. It included 30 oral sessions, 7 conferences, 50 poster sessions, 33 flash talk presentations, and 33 exhibition booths, where tangible solutions for disaster risk reduction were discussed through dialogue among international organizations, governments, academia, the private sector, NGOs, and citizens.

At the forum, Tohoku University hosted 4 sessions and co-hosted 10 sessions, which introduced the role of Tohoku University and the International Research Institute of Disaster Science as well as their contributions to the processes of recovery and reconstruction from the 2011 GEJET.

Finally, the forum came up with recommendations for a Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework 2015–2030 (MTR SF). In May 2023, the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the MTR SF was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York [2].

The guest editors are pleased to publish this special issue in the Journal of Disaster Research, which comprises six articles sharing the research advancements presented at the WBF2023. We hope that this special issue on the WBF2023 will contribute to the literature on disaster science and further advance disaster risk reduction.

References:

[1] World BOSAI Forum, “WBF2023 Report,” 2023. https://worldBOSAIforum.com/2023/en/report/ [Accessed May 18, 2024]:

[2] UNDRR, “High-Level Meeting on the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework,” 2023. https://sendaiframework-mtr.undrr.org/high-level-meeting-midterm-review-sendai-framework-disaster-risk-reduction-2015-2030 [Accessed May 18, 2024]

Cite this article as:
F. Imamura, Y. Ono, D. Sasaki, and Y. Hara, “Special Issue on World BOSAI Forum 2023 / IDRC 2023 in SENDAI,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.19 No.3, pp. 487-488, 2024.
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