The 6th Global Summit of GADRI: Towards GADRI Objectives of Achieving a Sustainable Disaster-Resilient World was successfully convened at the DPRI, Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan from 15 to 17 March 2023. The biennially held Global Summits of GADRI brought together participants engaged in disaster risk reduction or disaster science from multidisciplinary research fields.
The Opening Ceremony was honoured by Prof. Eiichi Nakakita, Director, DPRI, Kyoto University; Prof. Nagahiro Minato, President of the Kyoto University, Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDRR; and the Ms. Atsuko Matsumura, Mayor, Uji City opened the 6th Global Summit of GADRI.
On behalf of all members of the summit, the members of the Opening Ceremony took the opportunity to express condolences to the people and governments of Turkey and Syria and to state solidarity at this very challenging time.
The Secretary-General of GADRI, Prof. Hirokazu Tatano presented an overview of the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) and of the history of the Summit. Dr. Genta Nakano, DPRI, Kyoto University shared the results of the pre-conference survey undertaken among the members of GADRI. The survey was responded by 87 institutes of GADRI. Dr. Nakano presented in detail the information of the survey.
The three plenary sessions of the summit featured keynote speeches by ten prominent speakers from around the world to address multidimensional global crises among others from climate change to the recent earthquakes in Southern Turkey, the global covid-19 pandemic, systemic risks and emerging future challenges.
Another forty-three experts in various fields shared their experiences, views and opinions during the two panel discussion sessions. Panel Session I concentrated on the five Committees of GADRI while the Panel Session II focused on New Challenges for Action by GADRI in the areas of Big Science for DRR; Sustainable DRR covering Climate Change, SDGs, and Field DRR; Gender and Inclusivity in DRR Policy and Practices; Putting Health into DRR and Recovery; and Young Scientists Session on Youth and DRR.
The poster session attracted over 50 abstracts. The prospective presenters were encouraged to specifically highlight their respective institutes' research activities, achievements, implementations in support of the Sendai Framework Priority Areas.
In addition to the above, the poster session provided a platform for young and upcoming scientists to share their research achievements, activities and future plans. There were 33 presenters who joined the 6th Global Summit of GADRI in-person to present their work. Six of the presenters won the best abstract award of a GADRI Scholarship to participate in the summit.
Seeds and Needs Networking Session
The Networking Session on Seed and Needs brought together 13 institutions who shared their institutions' research aspirations and challenges.
At the closing session, the conference draft final outcomes and resolution was tabled for discussion and called for inputs from the audience. Draft document of outcomes and resolutions was compiled with important points contributed by all keynote speakers and panel discussion groups. The document of outcomes and resolutions was finalized by Prof. Andrew Collins with the support of Prof. Paul Kovacs and Prof. Hirokazu Tatano. This was later shared by e-mail with all participants of the summit.
GADRI Secretariat awarded 24 full and partial scholarships to various scholars out of which 12 were awarded to female scholars.
The 6th Global Summit of GADRI was attended by 185 participants out of which 67 were females. Participants represented 74 institutes in 30 economies.
Click here to view the Final outcomes of the 6th Global Summit of GADRI which was shared among all participants.