A side event of IFRC General Assembly sponsored by JRCS – How should we prepare for CBRN emergencies? –

2015/12/21


Presenters at the side event

Presenters at the side event

On December 4, 2015, a side event of the 20th General Assembly of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC GA*) was held, which was sponsored by the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS). The theme was “How should we prepare for emergencies such as CBRN (chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear) and technological disasters?” The side event was chaired by Chairman of Pakistan Red Crescent Society. The panelists were Secretary General of Belarus Red Cross, Deputy Director General of International Department of JRCS, Head of Disaster and Crisis Management Department of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and an officer of Inter-Cluster Coordination Section of United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). About 130 participants in the IFRC GA from Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world joined the side event.


Members of The Simplest NAIIC

Members of The Simplest NAIIC

The side event started with a presentation made by three members from a group called “The Simplest NAIIC**” which is made up of high school and university students of Fukushima and Tokyo who have studied the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident (Fukushima Daiichi accident). In their presentation themed on “What shall we change?”, they spoke about their view that the Fukushima Daiichi accident could have been caused by manmade reasons of insufficient dialog among the people concerned. Then they concluded their presentation with a strong message that honest and open dialogs are important to respond to various disasters which may occur in the future.

Following the youth’s presentation, the Belarus Red Cross Society reported about the situation of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident from the onset to the long-term response and the current situation. Next, the JRCS explained about its failure to quickly respond to the Fukushima Daiichi accident, the JRCS Nuclear Disaster Guidelines for Preparedness, Response and Recovery which were developed based on the regret and lessons of the experience, establishment of its own training modules and international support for the future. Following these two major disaster cases, the IFRC stressed that preparedness for CBRN emergencies and technological disasters is important by strengthening disaster management and resilience, developing guidelines and utilizing e-learning tools.


Peach juice produced in Fukushima
Prefecture

Peach juice produced in Fukushima Prefecture

At the venue, 200 bottles of peach juice, 400 tumbler dolls (okiagari-koboshi), eco-friendly bags and data sheets on the safety of Fukushima food products, etc. were provided to the participants for free by the Fukushima Prefecture based on the Joint Declaration regarding Revitalization and Disaster Preparedness between the Fukushima Prefecture and the JRCS. The participants, who drank the peach juice which is the world’s safest peach juice in terms of radioactive contamination, said: “It is really tasty.” They felt the recovery of Fukushima.


The 20th IFRC General Assembly

The 20th IFRC General Assembly

* The IFRC GA is an international conference which is held every two years with the participation of representatives (presidents and secretary generals, etc.) from 190 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the IFRC. At the IFRC GA, agenda for resolution, approval of new National Societies and humanitarian challenges of countries and regions are discussed. On the sidelines of the general assembly, side events are held in order to share National Societies’ activities and challenges of various humanitarian issues which the Red Cross responds to.

** The Simplest Explanation of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission Report.