Tohoku University and GRF Davos sign a Memorandum of Understanding

The following is an excerpt from the press release issued by GRF Davos on the 27th of October:

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Tohoku University’s International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), in Sendai, Japan and the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, in Davos, Switzerland at the Opening of the 3rd GRF One Health Summit on 4 October 2015 in Davos, Switzerland. The two institutions thereby expressed their strong interest in a close, future cooperation. Encouraging not only a fruitful collaboration between the two organizations, but also between the two cities Sendai and Davos (Fig. 1), the Mayor of Davos, Mr. Tarzisius Caviezel, honoured the ceremony by also signing the MoU.

tohThe International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), has been founded by the Tohoku University in 2011 after having experienced the devastating disaster of the 2011 East Japan Earthquake. IRIDeS is the world’s largest and most comprehensive disaster risk reduction research institute. GRF Davos has been established in 2006, with the main purpose to accelerate the knowledge transfer from science to practice. Both institutions are aware of the importance of a strong link between research and policy and practice to enhance disaster risk reduction through partnerships between governments, civil society, the private sector, and academia. And both institutions have the understanding that any discussion about global sustainable development without addressing the issue of disaster risk reduction (DRR) is incomplete. Therefore, the Parties have agreed to focus mainly on:

  • Providing a framework of cooperation and facilitate collaboration between the Parties;
  • Fostering joint actions in the field of DRR closely associated with the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR, which has been approved by the UN member states in Sendai last March;
  • Organizing mutual conferences, in particular the IDRC type of conference. After IDRC Davos 2016, it has been agreed to have an IDRC Sendai 2017 follow-up conference in March 2017 in Sendai – it will also be a biennial conference;
  • Promoting the development and application of innovative approaches in research, education, training and consulting by developing joint proposals and activities, and exchanging students and staff.

Photos: GRF Davos

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