This webinar intends to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2021, focusing on Northeast Asia regional cooperation for technology application for disaster risk reduction. It will profile good practices and lessons from China, Korea, and Japan to leverage frontier technologies to ensure resilience and mitigate disaster and climate risks. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 recognizes that science, technology and innovation are critical in accelerating all aspects of disaster risk reduction and calls for cooperation among scientific and technological communities to develop a science-policy interface for effective disaster risk management. This year, the theme of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2021 is Target F of the Sendai Framework: “Substantially enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for implementation of the present Framework by 2030.” Accordingly, with the Trilateral Joint Statement on Disaster Management Cooperation of 2019, heads of government agencies for disaster management of China, Japan and Korea reaffirmed “the importance of trilateral cooperation and information-sharing among the three countries and agreed upon the need for focusing on prevention in disaster management.” In this context, opportunities for mutual learning on advanced disaster management systems deployed by the three countries are key, particularly in applying technology and innovation for risk reduction. The exchange of science, technology and innovation in DRR provides an important boost to disaster risk management in developing countries, and frontier technologies are an excellent opportunity to ensure resilience across developed and developing countries. Through this joint webinar with UNDRR Office for Northeast Asia, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat hopes to address the key lessons and challenges in technology application, along with solutions to accelerate the use of technologies in disaster risk reduction and resilience. Experts will be invited to share practical experiences and examples from across the hazard spectrum of use of technologies such as UAV remote sensing technology for landslides or monitoring the changes of sea ice; real-time earthquake damage estimation system; and use of a single disaster and safety communications network in national disaster management system, as per TCS and UNDRR publication.

Trilateral Best Practices: Application of Technology for Reducing Disaster Risk in China, Japan and Korea


About Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS)

Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) is an international organization established with a vision to promote peace and common prosperity among the People's Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. Upon the agreement signed and ratified by each of the three governments, the TCS was officially inaugurated in Seoul in September 2011.

About UNDRR Office for Northeast Asia (UNDRR ONEA)

UNDRR Office for Northeast Asia (UNDRR ONEA) supports five countries: the Republic of Korea, China, Japan, Mongolia and DPR Korea to reduce disaster risks and to ensure implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. ONEA provides advocacy, policy advice, capacity development and knowledge management support for countries in the region while promoting partnerships for disaster risk reduction.

Inter-Regional Dialogue on Regional Cooperation

The Inter-Regional Dialogue on Regional Cooperation is a platform designed by the TCS to not only promote trilateral cooperation among China, Japan and Korea, but also facilitate inter-regional communication and understanding. The 1st Dialogue was held on August 9, 2017 with experts from China, Japan, Korea, the ASEAN and the EU to exchange their assessments of the ASEAN+3 Cooperation, and explore the model for regional cooperation benefiting the geopolitical, economic and social-cultural environment in East Asia.

On May 9, 2018, the 7th Trilateral Summit among Japan, China, and the ROK was successfully reconvened in Tokyo, Japan. As the guidance document for future trilateral cooperation, the Joint Declaration of the Seventh Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Summit was adopted. It is highly noteworthy that the three leaders “share the intention to explore the “3+1” modality, including through strengthening trilateral dialogue and consultation, to promote sustainable development in the region and beyond by sharing our development experiences and deepening practical cooperation in various areas”.

The “3+1” Modality opens a new door to further promote the trilateral cooperation in various areas. In this regard, the TCS will organize the 2nd “Inter-regional Dialogue on Regional Cooperation: ‘3+1’ Modality and Trilateral Cooperation Outlook” as a follow-up event to the 7th Trilateral Summit. Experts from China, Japan, the ROK, and beyond are invited to share their insightful analyses on the “3+1” Modality, exchange views on feasible areas and approaches for the three countries to further strengthen practical cooperation through the “3+1” Modality, as well as to propose tangible suggestions on the TCS’ role in deepening regional and inter-regional cooperation.