Supporting resilience at the Sendai Dialogue

10/10/2012 - Commissioner Georgieva is in Sendai, Japan, to present the EU's new strategy on building resilience and making vulnerable populations better able to cope with natural disasters.

Government ministers from around the world are gathered in Sendai, which bore the brunt of the 2011 Great east Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The Sendai Dialogue is a special event on managing disaster risk which is co-hosted by the Government of Japan and the World Bank.

Part of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Annual Meetings programme, the Dialogue brings together disaster experts to build a global consensus on the need for better preparation for the worst that nature can throw at mankind.

The Sendai Dialogue is also an occasion to express solidarity with the people of Japan and a unique opportunity to learn from the Japanese experience with disaster risk management. The event will also draw on the experiences of other countries that have faced large-scale disasters.

Commissioner Georgieva told the conference that more disasters are inevitable as a result of climate change, the growth of mega-cities and environmental degradation. She said there was no other choice but to build resilience into mainstream policies and strategic thinking.