GAATES Participating at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) will be hosting side events at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction iin Sendai City, Japan from 14 to 18 March 2015 to discuss Universal Design and Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, Working with Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, and also on Accessible Broadcasting, Communication and Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities in an Emergency: A Planning Guide.

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The main item on the Conference agenda is agreement on a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action which was adopted at the last such Conference in 2005 within weeks of the Indian Ocean tsunami and which was attended by representatives from 168 UN Member States. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the 2015 event including heads of State, government ministers, parliamentarians, academics, NGO and other civil society representatives.

GAATES will be hosting three side events on March 17:

Universal Design and Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction
Time: 9:00 – 12:00
Venue: Tohoku University

Persons with Disabilities are twice as likely to die in a disaster. Accessibility to the built environment and to communications will reduce this horrible statistic. GAATES and the Christian Blind Mission (CBM) are working to promote universal design in post disaster recovery and to “Build Back Better”.

Presenters:
Betty Dion, GAATES
Benjamin Dard, CBM

Working with Disabled Person Organizations
Time: 13:00 – 16:00
Venue: Tohoku University

Pakistan is one of the most disaster prone areas of the world, last year alone over 75,000 died, including a disproportionate number of persons with disabilities. The best approach is working with organizations of persons with disabilities, disaster recovery organizations, and international NGOs such as

Presenters:
Betty Dion, GAATES
Muhammad Atif Sheikh, Special Talent Exchange Program

Accessible Broadcasting, Communication and Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities in an Emergency: A Planning Guide
Time: 17:00 – 20:00
Venue: Tohoku University

Partnering with the Asia Broadcasting Union, the Side Event will focus on inclusive early warnings and communication methods to reach all vulnerable groups, using a variety of technologies including audio, text, electronic messaging, sign language, video relay and in person contact will be explored.

Presenters:
Aqeel Qureshi, GAATES
Natalia Ilieva, Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union

Sendai City is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture in the Tohoku region with a population of one million people. In March 2011, it was one of the cities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which killed over 15,000 people and is one of the costliest disasters in history.

For more information, visit www.gaates.org or contact info@gaates.org

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