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International Conference Addresses Pacific Risk Reduction

Posted on | July 29, 2011 | Comments Off on International Conference Addresses Pacific Risk Reduction

Experts in disaster preparedness, risk reduction and resiliency and resource sustainability throughout the Pacific Rim will gather August 7–9 at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies for a two-day conference addressing the long-range goal of better preparing the Asia-Pacific region for environmental change and challenge in the decades ahead. It is being sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi System, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center, U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development and The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaiʻi .

The Pacific Rim Disaster Risk Reduction and Resiliency Workshop (or “R-3” initiative) will take place at APCSS. It is an evolution of the one-day conference between UH and the United States Pacific Command in January where the two organizations determined they would work more closely together in addressing sustainability and resiliency issues throughout the Asia-Pacific. The initiative has gained urgency since the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Leaders from various organizations, including those sponsoring the conference and other interested parties such as the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, will gather to solidify and explore ways in which they can develop plans and recommendations for comprehensive risk reduction strategies throughout the Pacific region. Conferees plan to present the agenda developed at the conference to the final Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Senior Officials Meeting in September with the goal of having the topic placed on the annual APEC meeting agenda in Honolulu.

Read the news release.