Report on the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction | Tohoku University DRR Actions


ID:224 Disater Management and Private Sectors: Private Civil Partnership - from business to community resilience

13:15-15:45(Door Open 13:00)
Tohoku University Kawauchi-kita Campus C206

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International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University


Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS)


Kyoto University




Number of participants 40

Active participation and involvement of the private sector in disaster management is considered to be an important factor for strengthening DRR capacity. Models and approaches of private sector involvement as well as its role in DRR are different between developed and developing countries.  This session aimed to share the case studies of private sector engagement in disaster management from different countries and identify the challenges and potentials as well as discuss and make recommendations on what needs to be done to enhance its contribution.  In addition, the publication “Disaster Management and Private Sectors: Challenges and Potentials” was also launched at this event. Six scholars and DRR practitioners made presentations and the panel discussion “Private Sectors and Future Potentials” followed.  At the panel discussion, it was discussed on what kind of support and elements were needed to promote and support the involvement of the private sector in DRR. It was emphasized that it was crucial to share the information and establish a partnership with the private sector through various platforms, and to provide the private sector with support, i.e, conducting trainings on business continuity plan in collaboration with NGOs and governments. The importance of collecting case studies and share them among the private sector was also highlighted.   The speakers and the titles are as follows:

  • Salient findings in the book: Takako Izumi (IRIDeS, Tohoku University)
  • Elements to Enhance Private Sector Engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction: A Case Study in Central America: Tsuneki Hori (Inter-America Development Bank)
  • Private Sector Involvement in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia: Ranit Chatterjee (Kyoto University)
  • Thailand Floods and Impact on Private Sector: Aslam Perwaiz (Asian Disaster Preparedness Center)
  • Indonesian Experiences: Focus on Partnership: Victor Rembeth (Disaster Resource Partnership)
  • Experiences of Africa: Status and Potentials: Dewald van Niekerk (North-West University, South Africa)



The private sector engagement in DRR is indispensable for its further progress. This session will introduce the initiatives of the private sector engagement in Asia and Latin America and share a global overview on the role of the private sector in DRR and a business continuity plan (BCP). In the panel discussion, challenges of the private sector involvement and critical factors to further develop their engagement will be discussed.


Opening remarks
Speaker: Prof. Rajib Shaw (Kyoto University)

Comments from UNISDR Private Sector Advisory Group

Salient findings in the book of “Disaster Management and Private Sectors”
Speaker: Associate Professor. Takako Izumi (International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku Universtiy

Global Overview on the Role of the Private Sector in Disaster Risk Reduction:
Scopes, Challenges and Potentials
Speaker: Dr. Yoshiko Abe (UNISDR Private Sector Partnership)

Experiences of APEC: Importance of BCP
Speaker: Dr. Wei-sen Li ( APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group)

Thailand Floods and Impact on Private Sector
Speaker: Dr. Aslam Perwaiz (Asian Disaster Preparedness Center – ADPC)

Elements to Enhance Private Sector Engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction
Speaker: Dr. Tsuneki Hori (Inter-American Development Bank – IDB)


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