[16th July 2012]


Kenya's Minister of State for Special Programmes Hon. Esther M. Murugi led the Kenyan delegation to the World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku which was held on 3rd and 4th July 2012. Accompanying the Minister were Hon. Lenny Kivuti, the Member of Parliament for Siakago; Mr. Andrew Mondoh, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of State for Special Programmes; H.E. Benson H. O. Ogutu the Kenyan Ambassador to Japan and other senior government officials.

The focus of the meeting was to inter alia, share experiences of and lessons learned from recent large-scale natural disasters, including Great East Japan Earthquake; conduct discussions at ministerial level on the major themes related to disaster reduction in order to build resilient societies and support discussions on establishing post-Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) in the third World Conference on Disaster Reduction in 2015 (which Japan has announced its intention to host).

The plenary sessions were held in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture. On 4th July, three breakout sessions were held in Ichinoseki City of Iwate Prefecture, Ishinomaki City of Miyagi Prefecture and Fukushima City of Fukushima Prefecture.

The Honourable Minister was one of the commentators in the Ishinomaki breakout session which discussed "Resilient Society in time of Disaster". Prior to the meeting, the Minister visited a fishing port which was greatly affected by the earthquake.
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The Conference marked a significant opportunity to make comprehensive discussions on the need to build resilient societies to disasters, the critical importance of realizing human security as a basis of such resilient societies, the long-term economic efficiency of investment in disaster reduction, the importance of disaster preparedness and sustainable recovery, and the call for mainstreaming disaster reduction at every level of public services and international efforts for that end.
The Conference further gave impetus to ongoing discussions on a successor framework of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 to be adopted at the third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction.

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