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Forum on Post-disaster Revival and International Disaster Reduction Held at SCU

To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the May 12 Wenchuan Earthquake, on May 8, the opening ceremony for “Forum on Post-disaster Revival and International Disaster Reduction——Experience and Lessons from 5-Year Wenchuan Post-disaster Reconstruction and Lushan Earthquake Relief” was held in the lecture hall of newly built SCU-PolyU Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction on Jiangan Campus. The forum was sponsored by Sichuan University, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Wenchuan county government and organized by SCU-PolyU IDMR.

 

The opening ceremony

 

Mr. Zhang Zuoha, Senior Minister of Sichuan Provincial People’s Government speaks at the opening ceremony

 

Ms. Margaret, the Secretary-General Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Director of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) delivers a speech

 

Academician Xie Heping, President of Sichuan University makes a speech

 

Prof. Timothy Tong, President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University gives an address
 
Mr. Kochi Shingo, representative of International Recovery Platform (UNISDR/IRP), Prof. Krasae, Chairman and Executive Director of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Mr. Wen Guodong, Secretary of CPC Committee of Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, Qinghai Province, Mr. Zhang Tongrong, county mayor of Wenchuan county and Prof. Wang Angsheng, IDMR leading professor also gave speeches at the ceremony.
 
During the opening ceremony, Vice President Shi Jian, on behalf of SCU, signed cooperation agreements with Mr. Kochi Shingo, representative of International Recovery Platform (UNISDR/IRP) and Mr. Zhang Tongrong county mayor of Wenchuan respectively for the purpose of strengthening mutual cooperation in a broader and deeper way.   

 

President Xie Heping and President Timothy Tong awarded appreciation certificates to representatives of charitable organizations and philanthropists for their great support to the development of IDMR.

 

This forum had invited a large array of government departments, important international and regional disaster reduction agencies, related foundations and scholars and experts from related academic institutions. Within the subject framework of the forum, special discussions on revelations of Wenchuan experience to Lushan from international perspectives, international disaster reduction strategy and resilient social development, as well as reduction of disaster risks and strengthening of community development were held. It is believed that this forum can gather the best minds to have in-depth exchanges on successful experience and constructive thinking related to the incoming post-disaster reconstruction in Lushan, post-disaster revival and development of disaster reduction disciplines, technology innovation and modern disaster reduction, disaster and professional humanitarian service.
 
After the burst of Lushan earthquake, this forum naturally became the first influence high-level international forum for IDMR. The organizers immediately made adjustment to contents and subjects which they began to prepare early last year, in the purpose of giving full play to the forum as a high-end platform to create new concepts, inspire and stimulate new ideas as well as provide scientific, economical, efficient and practical measures and suggestion for the incoming post-disaster reconstruction undertakings after Lushan earthquake.

 

Time: 2013-05-28   From: SCU