American Univesity of Beirut

Implementing the Sendai Framework in the Arab States by Mami Mizutori

Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, delivered the lecture: Implementing the Sendai Framework in the Arab States on April 8, at FAFS. 

The SRSG presented the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and underscored the framework’s call for an all-of-society approach to its implementation. She provided insight on how the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction supports countries to implement the framework towards reducing disaster risk and building resilience. In addition, she shed light on one important example of regional and cross-regional partnership efforts; i.e. the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (Tunis, 9-13 October 2018) and the self-organization of Arab stakeholder groups who delivered their voluntary action statements. She also discussed the role of higher academic institutions and research and encouraged university youth to engage in two of these groups to inform decision making for disaster risk reduction and increased awareness and advocacy on DRR at national and local levels.

About the speaker:

Ms. Mami Mizutori was appointed Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) on 1 March, 2018. She brings to the position a combination of management and leadership expertise, as well as more than twenty-five years of experience in international affairs and security by serving in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in various capacities. She has worked in London, Washington D.C., and Mexico City and has taught courses on governance and international studies in East Asia and Tokyo, respectively. She graduated in law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and obtained a Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain.

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