World Conference on Disaster Reduction, 18 – 22 January 2005, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Kobe Office



Through its resolution A/RES/58/214, the United Nations General Assembly convened a World Conference on Disaster Reduction, to be held in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, from 18 to 22 January 2005. The Conference was to take stock of progress in disaster risk reduction accomplished since the Yokohama Conference of 1994 and to make plans for the next ten years. The GA requested the UNISDR secretariat to serve as the secretariat of the Conference; a special unit for WCDR was established, coordinating the process of the World Conference. An open-ended Preparatory Committee was established, led by a Bureau consisting of five Member States representing the regional groups, plus the host country, Japan, as an ex-officio member. The Bureau led the discussions in reviewing organizational and substantive preparations for the Conference.

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