Mami Mizutori
Former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, and Head of UNDRR

On 31 January 2018, the United Nations Secretary-General announced the appointment of Mami Mizutori as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. Ms. Mitzutori served until 31 December 2023 and was succeeded by Mr. Kamal Kishore in March 2024.

Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Mizutori was Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia, UK from 2011.

Ms. Mizutori served for twenty-seven years in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in various capacities, including: Budget Director; Director of the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) at the Embassy of Japan in London; Director of the National Security Policy Division, Director of the United Nations Policy Division; Director of the Status of US Forces Agreement Division; and Deputy Director of the Personnel Division.

Having graduated in law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and obtained a Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain, she has taught courses on governance in East Asia at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and international studies at Waseda University, Tokyo.

A Japanese national, Ms. Mizutori speaks fluent Japanese, English and Spanish. She is married to Barak Kushner and lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

SRSG Mami Mizutori


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SRSG Mami Mizutori
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Debemos invertir en la reducción del riesgo de desastres. Al deliberadamente no invertir en políticas y estrategias para reducir el impacto de los desastres, estamos financiando nuestra propia destrucción.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Sistema Nacional de Emergencias
unite behind science
Op Ed
Dados los permanentes y crecientes aumentos de las amenazas, las vulnerabilidades y la mayor exposición, tenemos la obligación de articular los saberes de las ciencias aplicadas a la gestión de la reducción del riesgo y promover la creación de una ciencia del riesgo.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Vista nocturna de Brasilia desde la Estación Espacial Internacional. Ceilândia, al oeste de Brasilia, era un asentamiento informal reestructurado por el Gobierno en 1970 que se ha convertido ahora en una ciudad satélite.
Op Ed
Las ciudades conforman el principal escenario de la batalla contra la COVID-19 y otras amenazas como el hacinamiento, el desempleo, la contaminación atmosférica o el cambio climático.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Devex
Los desastres no son naturales
Op Ed
Se podría aseverar de forma razonable que #LosDesastresNoSonNaturales, a pesar del uso generalizado del término “desastres naturales” en los medios de comunicación y por parte de las agencias de la ONU, las ONG y muchos otros actores. Los desastres son el
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Our work - Mami Mizutori
Q&A with Mami Mizutori
"90 percent of disaster funding is spent only after disaster strikes. It goes on relief, the response and reconstruction. Only 10 percent is spent on prevention. But the gap is widening between the need for humanitarian aid and what the international community is able to provide."
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