1. Name of the Event:

High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day” 2019 in Hokkaido

2. Concept:

With the intent of deepening international understanding and raising awareness of the threat of tsunamis and risk reduction measures and preparedness against them, the resolution to designate November 5 as “World Tsunami Awareness Day,” advocated by Japan and later jointly proposed by 142 countries including Japan, was adopted by consensus at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in December 2015.

Since 2016, the year following the adoption of World Tsunami Awareness Day, the High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day,” has been held annually, serving as a learning platform for high school students around the globe about the threat of tsunami and how to take risk reduction measures and preparedness, culminating in the adoption of the “Kuroshio Declaration” in Kochi Prefecture in 2016, the “Ambassador’s Note” in Okinawa Prefecture in 2017, and the “Inamura-no-Hi Declaration” in Wakayama Prefecture in 2018.

We, the Citizens of Hokkaido living in the northernmost part of Japan, have spent our lives enjoying the blessings of a rich natural environment that changes with the four seasons. However, we have faced threats caused by nature, too, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and snowstorms. Many lives were lost as a result. The Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake, which occurred last September, caused severe damage including large-scale slope failure and collapsed homes due to ground liquefaction. The Southwest off Hokkaido Earthquake, which occurred in July 1993, inflicted catastrophic damage to social and economic infrastructures due in major part to the tsunami and fires which followed. For full restoration and recovery from these calamities, measures have been promptly carried out thanks to the enormous efforts of those affected, as well as the generous support from each part of Japan, and those overseas. Taking into account the disasters of the past, various initiatives to prevent and reduce further disasters have been conducted to ensure the safety and security of the residents of the eastern part of Hokkaido, located along the Chishima Trench, in which the occurrence of a mega-earthquake is predicted.

We have witnessed large-scale disasters worldwide. The 2004 Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia caused major causalities, with the loss of approximately 230,000 lives. In the 2005 Pakistan Earthquake, the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake in China, the 2008 Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, and the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, disasters exacted a heavy toll of human life, with the loss of hundreds of thousands, perhaps affecting millions of lives. Therefore, it is a critical issue for the international community to reduce the damage caused by disasters in order to achieve sustainable development globally.

In order to deal with large-scale disasters, which are common threats around the world, we have committed to working toward preventive and risk reduction measures, using the memories of past disasters to guide us. Furthermore, when a disaster occurs, we must also protect lives through immediate evacuation and a number of other measures. Following the disaster itself, we must take actions toward prompt and smooth restoration and recovery as well as toward building back better in recovery. To achieve these goals, the mutual understanding and cooperation of each country is paramount.
This year, the High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day” 2019 will be held in Hokkaido, the “Northern Land,” and aims to foster the growth of new leaders who will play a central role in protecting citizens’ lives, livelihoods and assets from earthquakes, tsunami and other disasters, all the while minimizing the impacts of disasters on daily life and the economy by contributing to the resilience of their societies. The event will further deepen the kizuna or “bonds” between each country.

3. Organizers:

Hokkaido Government, Hokkaido Board of Education

4. Co-organizer:

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Office in Japan

5. Supporting Organizations:

National Resilience Promotion Headquarters
Director General for Disaster Management, Cabinet Office of Japan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – Japan
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan
Japan Meteorological Agency
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

6. Period:

eptember 10 (Tuesday) – September 11 (Wednesday) 2019

7. Venue:

Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center “Hokkai Kitayell”
(Toyohira 5-jo 11-chome 1-1, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo)

8. Expected Participants:

Approximately 520 students and escorting teachers
Expected participants from overseas: Approximately 260 participants (from 43 countries [TBD])
Expected domestic participants: Approximately 260 participants

9. Language:


10. Schedule:

September 10 (Tuesday)
[Morning] Briefing for Workshops
[Afternoon] Opening Ceremony, Workshops
[Evening] Reception
September 11 (Wednesday)
[Morning] Commemorative Tree Planting Ceremony
[Afternoon] General Meeting, Closing Ceremony
11. Theme and Workshops:

(1) General Theme

“Passing memories on to the future, preparations for tomorrow”
Irankarapte from the Northern Land. Learning about the threat of natural hazards and how to respond to them –

“Irankarapte” is the greeting of the Ainu people, an indigenous people of Japan, which roughly means “hello,” and conveys the warm, sincere message of: “Please allow my heart to softly touch your heart.” We, the people of Hokkaido, use this word as our catchphrase for hospitality.

(2) Goals of the Workshops

– Obtain knowledge; Passing lessons from the past on to the future
In order to execute appropriate decision making and choose appropriate actions when a disaster occurs, we must learn from past disasters, and know about the current status and causes of disasters by natural hazards, along with measures to reduce future disasters.
– Increase awareness; preparedness for disasters and prompt evacuation
In order for people to be capable of ensuring their own safety, depending on the type of disaster, we must understand and predict dangers caused by natural phenomena, such as typhoons and earthquakes, through drills and routine practice, while being able to take actions appropriate for each situation and staying prepared for disasters at any time.
– Make actions toward building back better in recovery from disasters together; Contribute to society both from disaster affected people’s and supporters’ point of view
In order to create a safe and secure society together, we must actively participate and cooperate to make contributions to safety activities for local communities, and initiatives toward building back better in recovery from disasters.


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