April 11, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

From Sendai to Rio: Cultivating a Disaster-Resilient Society for Sustainable Development

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The Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, and The Earth Institute's Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) invite you to a dialogue organized to discuss the significance of building climate and disaster resilience in coastal cities. It will feature experts (below) from UN agencies, the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Columbia University, Japan, Bangladesh and New York City who will discuss how these issues could influence the public and policy understanding on sustainable development, especially in the urban context. The dialogue will also serve as a platform to identify research questions and learning among cities from different regions in implementing disaster risk reduction initiatives at the local level.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required here.  A reception will follow.

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs
Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

H.E. Mr. Jun Yamazaki
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations

Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

Dr. Fumihiko Imamura

Professor of Tsunami Engineering, Tohoku University

Mr. Adam Freed
Deputy Director, New York City Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability

Hon. Saber H. Chowdhury
Member of Parliament, Government of Bangladesh

Ms. Henrietta Elisabeth Thompson
Executive Coordinator, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20

Ms. Helena Molin Valdes
Acting Director, UNISDR

Prof. John Mutter
Director, PhD Program in Sustainable Development

Moderated by
Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig
Head of Climate Impacts Group, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN)

This panel is organized in partnership with the Center on Japanese Economy and Business, The Earth Institute, and its Center for International Earth Science Information Network and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

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Registration has closed for this event.

For more information please e-mail Andy Wanning.