Fifth Session of the IPRED and UNESCO-IPRED International Memorial Symposium on “Protecting Lives from Earthquake and Tsunami Disasters”

Dates: 26-29 June 2012
Venue: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan.

Disasters have been occurring frequently in recent years. In particular, as the earthquakes and tsunamis cannot be predicted, these disasters are killing more and more people recently. In order to discuss how we can reduce the number of the victims caused by earthquakes and tsunamis, the Building Research Institute (BRI), the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) co-organized the UNESCO-IPRED International Memorial Symposium on “Protecting Lives from Earthquake and Tsunami Disasters”, be held on 27 June 2012 ,which  was attended by top class experts from all over the world, at the Sokairo-Hall of GRIPS, Tokyo.

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Panel Discussion : International cooperation on Earthquake Disaster Management to Protect Lives. UNESCO-IPRED International Memorial Symposium on Protecting Lives from Earthquake and Tsunami Disasters. Japan. 2012.

On this occasion, the Fifth Session of the International Platform for Reducing Earthquake Disasters (IPRED) Meeting was also held on 26 June at GRIPS, and discussed the possible system of post-earthquake investigation and other activities under the IPRED scheme. A field visit to the devastated areas of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster were conducted 28-29 June. This field visit was hosted and co-sponsored by GRIPS and BRI. 

At this occasion UNESCO and IISEE  signed Letters of Intent, concerning cooperation for reducing earthquake disaster risks and post- earthquake field investigations, with the Institute of Seismology of the Ministry of Education and Science (ISMES) of Kazakhstan, the Japan-Peru Center for Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Mitigation (CISMID), the Technical University of Civil Engineering (UTCB) of Bucharest, the Istanbul Technical University (ITU), the Universidad de El Salvador (UES).

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