UNITWIN Network on emergency preparedness and responses (704), established in 2005 at Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan).


Disaster Assessment, Information and Communication Systems, Public, Health and Marine and Coastal Water Management.

Disciplines: Information technology, oceanography, health, environmental science and engineering.


  • To promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation activities in the field of Emergency Preparedness and responses ;
  • Provide advice and expertise to assist all countries, particularly the least developed, in:
  • Establishing university outreach aimed at public awareness by promoting the engagement of the media, sustained public education campaigns and public consultation;
  • Facilitating links between parties in the area of emergency preparedness and responses including local, regional and national government agencies, civic groups and humanitarian organizations;
  • Helping members of the Network to promote community development and capacity building in emergency preparedness and response through education and training with traditional curricula, distance learning and ‘hands on’ training;
  • Developing methods of research programmes which aim specifically at identifying, assessing and monitoring risks and vulnerabilities through an inter-disciplinary and cross-sectoral approach;
  • Enhancing opportunities to develop sub-regional and regional cooperation networks based at the coordinating institution in emergency preparedness and responses;
  • Enabling Network members to convene a core committee of professors and administrators from the participating universities to further develop the substantive and procedural agenda.

Host Institution


  • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (Thailand)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (USA)


Progress Report 2009-2010 (short version)

Progress report 2007-2008 (short version)

Progress Report 2006 (short version)

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Natural Sciences, UNESCO Office Beijing.


Prof. Toshio Obi, Waseda University, Institute of e-Government
International coordinator
E-Mail address -
Work Phone - 81337077332/81352868032
Fax - 81352868032
- 29-7 Waseda,1-3-10 Nishiwaseda,Shinjuku
City - Tokyo
Postal Code
- 169-0051
Country - Japan