JDR Vol.19 No.3 pp. 539-549
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2024.p0539


Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Toward a Society Wherein All People Can Choose How They Live: A Report from a Panel of World BOSAI Forum 2023

Yuta Hara*1,† ORCID Icon, Takashi Izutsu*2, Eiko Narita*3, Koichi Tanaka*4, Natsuki Soda*5, Rika Sugata*6, Daisuke Sasaki*1 ORCID Icon, and Yuichi Ono*1

*1International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University
468-1 Aramaki Aza-Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8572, Japan

Corresponding author

*2Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

*3United Nations Population Fund Representation Office in Japan
Tokyo, Japan

*4Shiki Theatre Company
Yokohama, Japan

*5Center for Independent Living ‘Step Edogawa, ’
Tokyo, Japan

*6Faculty of Education, The University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

January 30, 2024
April 26, 2024
June 1, 2024
disaster risk reduction, inclusion, human dignity, planning in normal time, partnerships

This report is summary of a panel discussion at the World BOSAI Forum held in Sendai in 2023. We invited panelists with diverse backgrounds from the inclusion and diversity frontlines and were able to document their experiences. The panel included a mental health specialist, an employee of a UN agency, working on sexual and reproductive health, a musical producer, persons with disabilities working for the independence of disabled people (a local NGO staff), and a young undergraduate student. First, it was shared that the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in times of disaster is already deemed a responsibility to be implemented by each country as per the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006. Second, to realize “no one will be left behind,” including women, sexual minorities, and children, three issues, i.e., who is assisting, the importance of human dignity, and the values of arts and culture, as well as two key approaches, i.e., mainstream and targeted actions, were presented. Additionally, the importance of reflecting on the above in national and regional planning during times of normalcy was clarified. All citizens, especially those engaged in the sector of disaster risk reduction, need to learn the frontline of discussions and initiatives on human rights and welfare as well as to reflect on policy and regional planning. This is essential for reducing vulnerability to disasters and building a resilient society.

Cite this article as:
Y. Hara, T. Izutsu, E. Narita, K. Tanaka, N. Soda, R. Sugata, D. Sasaki, and Y. Ono, “Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Toward a Society Wherein All People Can Choose How They Live: A Report from a Panel of World BOSAI Forum 2023,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.19 No.3, pp. 539-549, 2024.
Data files:
  1. [1] The United Nations, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” [Accessed May 27, 2023]
  2. [2] J. Aida, H. Hikichi, Y. Matsuyama, Y. Sato, T. Tsuboya, T. Tabuchi, S. Koyama, S. V. Subramanian, K. Kondo, K. Osaka, and I. Kawachi, “Risk of Mortality During and After the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Among Older Coastal Residents,” Scientific Reports, Vol.7, Article No.16591, 2017.
  3. [3] S. Bhadra, “Women in Disasters and Conflicts in India: Interventions in View of the Millennium Development Goals,” Int. J. of Disaster Risk Science, Vol.8, pp. 196-207, 2017.
  4. [4] D. Parkinson, A. Duncan, W. Leonard, and F. Archer, “Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Experience of Emergency Management,” Gender Issues, Vol.39, pp. 75-98, 2022.
  5. [5] United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), “Disaster Risk Reduction.” [Accessed May 27, 2023]
  6. [6] Kumamoto City Gender Equality Center Harmony, “Disaster Prevention Point of View Book from a Gender Equality Perspective,” 2019 (in Japanese).
  7. [7] A. F. Lee and A. V. Saenz, “An Inclusive Model for the Urban Search and Rescue Teams (USAR),” J. Disaster Res., Vol.17, No.7, pp. 1192-1198, 2022.
  8. [8] Inter-Agency Standing Committee, “IASC Guidelines, Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action,” 2019. [Accessed January 9, 2024]
  9. [9] UNICEF, “Protecting Children’s Mental Health in Emergency Settings: How Exposure to Crisis Situations Can Impact Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing,” 2023. [Accessed April 22, 2024]
  10. [10] A. Shukla, S. G. Choudhari, A. M. Gaidhane, and Z. Q. Syed, “Role of Art Therapy in the Promotion of Mental Health: A Critical Review,” Cureus, Vol.14, No.18, Article No.e28026, 2022.

*This site is desgined based on HTML5 and CSS3 for modern browsers, e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera.

Last updated on Jun. 03, 2024