The Third Reference Group Meeting on Nuclear & Radiological Emergency Preparedness in Fukushima

2014/11/12

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) co-hosted The Third Reference Group Meeting on Nuclear & Radiological Emergency Preparedness in Fukushima from October 27 to October 30, 2014.
The meeting was participated by Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from 16 countries, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the IFRC, and they understood the damage from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, the current situation of the reconstruction and related challenges. It is planned to prepare “Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response Guidelines” (guidelines for 189 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world) (hereinafter referred to as “the IFRC Guidelines”) for the Red Cross to provide assistance for survivors during a nuclear emergency, and to work for resolution at a Red Cross Red Crescent Movement’s (RCRC Movement) statutory meeting in December 2015.
The details of the meeting will be released on the Digital Archives later.

1. Outline of the meeting


(1) Date: Monday, October 27 – Thursday, October 30, 2014
(2) Venue: Fukushima View Hotel, Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture
(3) Number of participants: 39
・IFRC
・ICRC
・Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies who attended the meeting:
American RC, Armenian RC, Austrian RC, Bangladesh RC, RCS of China (incl. Hong Kong Branch), German RC, Indonesian RC, Iranian RC, Italian RC, Japanese RC, Kuwait RC, Lao RC, Malaysia RC, Nepal RC, Pakistan RC, Taiwan Red Cross Organization and Vietnam RC

2. Purpose of the meeting


(1) To understand the damage from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, the current situation of the reconstruction and related challenges.
(2) To confirm the efforts that the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (RCRC Movement) and the JRCS are working on for nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness.
(3) To prepare the IFRC Guidelines in case of nuclear and radiological emergencies.
(4) To prepare for the RCRC Movement’s statutory meeting in December 2015.
→ To submit the Guidelines for resolution.

3. Main programs of the meeting


(1) Opening remarks by the hosts
(2) Keynote speeches by external experts
(3) Field trip to the affected areas
(4) Discussions of the Guidelines
(5) Youth’s participation in the meeting

4. Major outcomes and the way forward


<Major outcomes of the meeting>
(1) Many new participants from Asian Region;
(2) Understanding of the current situation of Fukushima by listening to voices of the survivors as the RCRC Movement;
(3) Reflecting of the reality of Fukushima to the creation of the Guidelines draft;
(4) Wide media coverage of the RCRC Movement’s attitude toward nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness.
<Way forward>
(1) Revision and finalization of the IFRC Guidelines draft;
(2) Information sharing with national governments;
(3) Enhancing of collaboration within the RCRC Movement and with external organizations;
(4) Preparations for the RCRC Movement’s statutory meeting in December 2015.