Global Center of Excellence for Water Hazard and Risk Management
Responding to such increasing severity of water-related hazards worldwide, the United Nations and UNESCO have embarked on many initiatives; the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR 1990-1999) to increase awareness of the importance of disaster reduction, the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). In accordance with such policy development, the International Flood Initiative (IFI) to promote collaborative activities for effective flood management was jointly launched by UNESCO.
Under such circumstances, the proposal by the Japanese government to establish an international center for water-related hazards under the auspices of UNESCO hosted by the Public Works Research Institute (PWRI) was approved by 191 Member States at the 33rd General Conference of UNESCO in October 2005.
A scene from the signing ceremony (Left to right: Mr. T.Sato, Mr. K.Matsuura and Dr. T.Sakamoto)