TOKYO, July 1, 2014 /CNW/ - In a series of side events to the 6th Asian
Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Bangkok,
Thailand, from June 22 to 26, 2014, The Nippon Foundation and other
global organizations, including Rehabilitation International, DiDRRN,
the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the
Pacific (UNESCAP), jointly called for the promotion of
disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction.
Responding to their call, the ministers adopted the Bangkok Declaration
(*1) that called for "giving attention to meaningful participation and
positive contribution of at-risk groups such as persons with
disabilities," showing support of the global community for disaster
risk reduction participated by people with disabilities. The organizers
of the side event, including the Nippon Foundation, introduced to the
parties concerned the "Sendai Statement (*2)," spelling out a set of
recommendations, adopted at the Asia-Pacific Meeting on
Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in April in Sendai, Japan.
In light of the fact that as compared to local population as a whole,
about twice as many people with disabilities lost their lives during
the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, the Sendai Statement (*2)
called for taking their viewpoint into consideration at every step of
disaster risk reduction, including disaster prevention planning,
drilling and sheltering. Mr. Monthian Buntan, a member of the U.N.
Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and former member
of the Thai Senate, told the side event, "People with disabilities can
contribute to disaster risk reduction if they were guaranteed means of
transportation, information and communication." Ms. Akiko Fukuda,
Secretary-General, World Federation of the Deafblind, said, "With the
development of technology, people with disabilities now can do a lot
but that's hardly enough. It is important that people should be bonded,
not isolated, caring for each other."
The Nippon Foundation and its partners said they will call on the Third
UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction scheduled for March 2015
in Sendai to include disaster risk reduction conceived from the
viewpoint of people with disabilities in a post-2015 global framework
for actions to be adopted at the Sendai conference.
(*1) Bangkok Declaration-6AMCDRR
(*2) Sendai Statement to Promote Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk
Reduction for Resilient, Inclusive and Equitable Societies in Asia and
SOURCE: The Nippon Foundation
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