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Mar 8, 2015 - Peace Boat at the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai
3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
Peace Boat is an Organizing Partner of the NGO Major Group for the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). The WCDRR will be held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Several thousand participants are expected to gather under the theme of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters to adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. Organizing Partners are to facilitate the participation of the major group representatives throughout the 3rd WCDRR and its preparatory process, working in collaboration with other major group sectors' representatives present at the World Conference.

Japan CSO Coalition for 2015 WCDRR
The Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center is also acting as co-secretariat for the Japan CSO Coalition for 2015 WCDRR (JCC2015), a network of civil society organizations (CSOs) working towards this conference, in particular, to ensure that the voices of those affected by the disaster are heard, and to make proposals for the ongoing resilience of communities.The network works in close partnership with CSOs around the world to participate actively in the establishment of the Post-2015 Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2), aims to build strong and resilient communities, and aims to share Japanese CSO's experiences and lessons learnt with the international community.

Peace Boat, as part of JCC2015, is organizing the "Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for Civil Society," the biggest civil society event in the thematic pavilion of "Civil Society Collaboration and DRR" as part of the public forum of the WCDRR. The main event will take place on March 17, consisting of the main symposium and entertainment such as traditional art performances from the disaster-affected Tohoku region in north-eastern Japan. Japanese and international guest speakers (Japanese- English Interpretation available) will share lessons learnt, experiences and expertise from across the world.

10 Lessons from Fukushima: Reducing risk and protecting communities from disasters
In addition to the this, Peace Boat is working together with three other organisations of the JCC2015 Secretariat (Fukuden, JANIC and CWS Japan) on the 'From Fukushima to the World' project at this time. This aims to convey the lessons of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to the world, and ensure that they are fully addressed within the discussions taking place. To this end, these four organisations are publishing a booklet, "10 Lessons from Fukushima: Reducing risk and protecting communities from disasters" which will be launched in various languages at the "Global Citizens' Conference on Fukushima" in Fukushima City on March 11-13, immediately before the UN WCDRR. This is an attempt to respond to the questions of our international partners. We aim not only to convey the truth of what happened, but to make clear how the lessons of Fukushima can inform people overseas when they consider nuclear issues in their home nation. Further information about this conference and booklet can be seen on the recently launched website, "Fukushima's Message to the World."

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