International Forum on Mega‐Water‐Disaster Outcome
The International Forum on Mega‐Water‐Disasters was organized
in conjunction with ICFM5 in order to incorporate recent experiences and
lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Sessions of
high‐level experts and decision makers were convened and the discussions were
reflected during the conference. The outcome and message of the Forum (Tokyo
Statement) is as follow:
‐ to be better prepared for Mega-Water-Disaster in future
September 27th, 2011, Tokyo, Japan
is life. But, water is also a threat to life. When a mega-water-disaster strikes a country people suffer, and
national development is severely hampered for years, making recovery even more challenging. Unfortunately,
many areas of the world are struck by such disasters over and over. These disasters also know no borders,
severe value chains and result in political social and economic shocks, severely affecting human development.
that are considered vulnerable to recurring disasters often also have to deal with highly variable and
challenging water, natural resources, social and economic situations. The poor suffer the most from disasters
as they tend to live under more vulnerable conditions with less protection and preparedness. Human rights are
recurrently violated through vicious circle of their living in lowland slums and losing everything by
changes including climate change, population growth and fast urbanization are drastically increasing risks of
water-disaster. There are increasingly more people in crowded urban areas who will feel the impact of climate
change through water. Green growth will not be materialized without squarely addressing mega-water-disasters.
the above in mind, we share common understanding that water disaster should be urgently addressed by leaders
at global, national and municipal levels. Towards this end, we recommend the following as priority actions
for the international community which are inspired from Action Plan by HLEP/UNSGAB:
community, especially the UN, to conduct regular dialogue and promote actions in order to share experiences
and lessons globally and develop effective counter measures to mitigate
to build social, administrative, and technical systems to be “reduce disaster risk before disasters strike
and be prepared for unexpected event” especially those to ensure “best mix” of structural and non-structural
measures that optimally mitigate mega-water- disasters.
bodies, including UN Regional Commissions and regional development banks to establish mechanisms for regional
cooperation to ensure concerted disaster response especially across river basins.
processes and mechanisms should be established to turn the recommended actions into reality. To implement the
above we strongly support the recommendation by HLEP/UNSGAB that a plenary discussion session on water and
disaster takes place at the next UN General Assembly.