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The Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020: First Fignatories

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The 19th session of the Board of Representatives of the International Consortium on Landslides (BOR/ICL), the 14th session of the Global Promotion Committee of the International Programme on Landslides (GPC/IPL), the meeting of the organizing committee of the Fifth World Landslide Forum, and the IPL Symposium on Landslides were held at Room IX, Fontenoy Building, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 16–19 September 2019.
  • The BOR/ICL has selected by vote Nicola Casagli, University of Florence, Italy, as the incoming President of ICL (1 January 2021–31 December 2023).

  • The GPC/IPL has decided by vote the location of the next 6th World Landslide Forum, 2023, to be the city of Florence, Italy, and its organizer to be the UNESCO Chair for the prevention and the sustainable management of geo-hydrological hazards, University of Florence, and the Italian National Network of the International Consortium on Landslides.

  • The Organizing Committee of the Fifth World Landslide Forum has decided that 9 volumes of full color books will be published as a new ICL book series, “ICL contribution to landslide disaster risk reduction” (ISSN 2662-1894 for the print version and ISSN 2662-1908 for the electronic version).

The book title is Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk.

Subtitles for the 9 volumes are as follows:
  • Vol. 1 Sendai Landslide Partnerships and Kyoto Landslide Commitment,

  • Vol. 2-1 Landslide hazard assessment and zonation,

  • Vol. 2-2 Landslide inventory mapping and vulnerability assessment,

  • Vol. 3 Monitoring and early warning,

  • Vol. 4 Testing, modeling and risk assessment,

  • Vol. 5 Education and capacity development for risk management and risk governance,

  • Vol. 6 Catastrophic landslides: causes and consequences,

  • Vol. 7 Frontiers of landslide science and innovative practices, and

  • Vol. 8 Specific topics in landslide science and applications.

Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020

The 14th session of the GPC/IPL started with opening remarks by Ms. Peggy Oti-Boateng, acting Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences and Director of Science Policy and Capacity-Building Division, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO, and Mr. Keiji Inoue, Minister, Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO.

In her opening remarks, Ms. Peggy Oti-Boateng looked back at the long continuous cooperation between UNESCO and ICL, recalling the following:

ICL was founded by the UNESCO-Kyoto University Joint Symposium in January 2002 in Kyoto, Japan. The UNESCO, Kyoto University, and ICL established the UNITWIN Cooperation Programme on Landslide Risk Mitigation for Society and Environment in March 2003. UNESCO and ICL exchanged MoU “Concerning Strengthening Cooperation in Research and Learning on Earth System Risk Analysis and Sustainable Disaster Management within the Framework of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Regarding the Implementation of the 2006 Tokyo Action Plan on Landslides” in August 2006. ICL was approved to be an NGO having operational relations with UNESCO in April 2007. It was reclassified as an NGO with a consultative partnership with UNESCO in March 2012. Furthermore, UNESCO was instrumental in promoting and joining the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015–2025 for Global Promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk, which was formed at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in 2015 in Sendai, Japan.

Finally, she expressed her cordial welcome to all participants and her best wishes for the success of the upcoming Fifth World Landslide Forum in November 2020 and the launching of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment for Global Promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk (Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020, KLC2020).

Mr. Keiji Inoue, as Minister of the Japanese Permanent Delegation to UNESCO and on behalf of Japan, the host country of ICL as well as the Fifth World Landslide Forum (WLF5), extended his cordial wishes for the success of the WLF5 held in November 2020 in Kyoto, Japan, and his all-out support for the establishment of the long-term global framework for promotion of understanding and reducing landslide disaster risk, the “Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020”.

Participants examined the final draft of KLC2020 adopted in the 2018 ICL-IPL Conference at the Kyoto International Conference Center in Kyoto, Japan, on 1–4 December 2018 (Sassa 2019a). All participants approved the KLC2020, and the KLC2020 partners have signed the documents then and there (Fig. 1).
Fig. 1

A joint photo of signatories after signing the KLC2020 at Room IX of the Fontenoy Building at UNESCO, Paris. Ms. Peggy Oti-Boateng, acting Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences and Director of Science Policy and Capacity-Building Division, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO, who had to leave before the joint photo is seen in the left corner. Thirty-seven participating signatories of KLC2020, Mr. Keiji Inoue (Minister of Japanese Permanent Delegation to UNESCO), and Mr. Kyoji Sassa as KLC2020 secretary (Secretary General of ICL) are seen in a sitting row and two standing rows

Planned schedule for the KLC2020 process after the 2019 UNESCO conference

ICL alongside with ICL supporting organizations and KLC2020 partners will organize the Kyoto Commitment preparation meeting, the WLF5 Organizing Committee and ICL Steering Committee meeting on 18–20 April 2020 in Kyoto, Japan. The second group of signatories of KLC2020 (between 18 September 2019 and 19 April 2020) will be identified on 19 April 2020.

Schedule:

Date

Time

Programme (draft)

18 April 2020 (Sat)

9:30–17:00

ICL Steering Committee Meeting: Strategy after WLF5 2020

19 April 2020 (Sun)

9:30–17:00

Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020 Preparation Meeting

Signature of KLC 2020 (second group), planning for the high-level panel discussion for the implementation of KLC2020

20 April 2020 (Mon)

9:30–17:00

WLF5 Organizing Committee Meeting

Programming of all themes and sessions of WLF5

Venue: Large seminar room (R301) in the Collaborative Research Hub of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University

The list of the third group of signatories (between 19 April and 2 November 2020) will be identified on 2 November 2020 at the Kyoto International Conference Center. Finally, the high-level panel discussion, scheduled for 10:00–12:00 on 3 November 2020, will declare the launching of the Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020.

KCL2020 partners will be ICL members (full members, associate members, and supporters), partners of Sendai Landslide Partnerships (ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships) 2015–2025, governments of nations of ICL members, and international societies that contribute to WLF5 and KLC2020. All partners are organizations having some aspects of activities related to understanding and reducing landslide disaster risk as their intrinsic missions. The first group of signatories (Table 1) calls on wide-ranging participation of the second and third groups of signatories for the success of the Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020. It is highly appreciated that those wishing to join the 2nd or 3rd group of signatories contact the secretary of KLC 2020 (secretariat@iclhq.org).
Table 1

List of first signatories of the Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020 (18 September 2019). The signatories include 6 United Nations and international organizations, 3 government organizations other than ICL members, and 48 ICL member organization including ICL headquarters

No.

Signatory

Organization

Country

Host organization

1

Peter Bobrowsky

President, International Consortium on Landslides

ICL

UN and international organizations

2

Miguel Clusener-Godt

Director, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences (UNESCO)

UNESCO

3

Taikan Oki

Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University (UNU)

UNU

4

Qunli Han

Executive Director, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk

IRDR

5

Jacques de Méreuil

Executive Director, World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO)

WFEO

6

Walter J. Ammann

CEO & President, Global Risk Forum GRF Davos

GRF Davos

7

Nathalie Touze

Vice-President, International Geosynthetics Society (IGS)

IGS

Government organizations other than ICL members

8

Angelo Borrelli

Head, National Civil Protection Department, Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy

Italy

9

Masaru Kunitomo

Director for Sabo Planning Coordination, Sabo Planning Division, Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Japan

10

Darko But

Director General, the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of the Republic of Slovenia

Slovenia

ICL members

11

Renato Eugenio de Lima

Director, Center for Scientific Support on Disasters - Federal University of Paraná - Brazil (CENACID-UFPR)

Brazil

12

Daniel Lebel

Director General, Geological Survey of Canada

Canada

13

Michael T. Hendry

Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Canada

14

Chang-Dong Li

China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

China

15

Lijun Su

Institute of Mountain Hazards & Environment, CAS

China

16

Wei Shan

Dean of Cold Regions Science and Engineering, Northeast Forestry University

China

17

Qiang Xu

Executive Deputy Director, State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection, Chengdu University of Technology

China

18

Julian SH Kwan

Geotechnical Engineering Office, Civil Engineering and Development Department, the Government of Hong Kong SAR

China

19

Snježana Mihalić Arbanas and Željko Arbanas

Croatian Landslide Group

Croatia

20

Guillermo Ávila

National University of Colombia

Colombia

21

Vít Vilímek

Charles University

Czech Republic

22

Josef Stemberk

Director, Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics, the Czech Academy of Sciences

Czech Republic

23

Hauke Zachert

Head, Institute and Laboratory of Geotechnics, Technical University Darmstadt

Germany

24

Andro Aslanishvili

Head of LEPL National Environmental Agency of Georgia, Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture

Georgia

25

Maneesha V Ramesh

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

India

26

Dwikorita Karnawati

Head, Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics of the Republic of Indonesia (BMKG Indonesia)

Indonesia

27

Teuku Faisal Fathani

Director, Center for Disaster Mitigation and Technological Innovation (GAMA-InaTEK), Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Indonesia

28

Mohammad Shekarchizadeh

President, Building & Housing Research Center

Iran

29

Mario Parise

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University Aldo Moro, Bari

Italy

30

Michele Calvello

Geotechnical Engineering Group (GEG), University of Salerno

Italy

31

Giuseppe Mandrone

Dept. Earth Science, University of Torino

Italy

32

Nicola Casagli

UNESCO Chair for the prevention and the sustainable management of geo-hydrological hazards, University of Firenze (UNIFI)

Italy

33

Daniele Spizzichino

ISPRA-Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research

Italy

34

Francesca Bozzano

Centro di Ricerca CERI - Sapienza Università di Roma

Italy

35

Andrea Segalini

University of Parma, Dept. Of Engineering and Architecture

Italy

36

Giovanna Capparelli

Camilab - Dimes Dept. University of Calabria

Italy

37

Juichi Yamagiwa

President, Kyoto University

Japan

38

Hiroshi Yagi

President, Japan Landslide Society

Japan

39

Ryo Moriwaki

Director, Center for Disaster Management Informatics Research, Ehime University

Japan

40

Fawu Wang

Director-General, International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction

Japan

41

Shinro Abe

Adviser, Okuyama Boring Co., Ltd

Japan

42

Nobuyuki Shibasaki

General Manager, Land Conservation Division, Nippon Koei Co., Ltd

Japan

43

Ryosuke Tsunaki

Executive Engineer, Sabo & Landslide Technical Center

Japan

44

Maki Yano

President, OSASI Technos, Inc.

Japan

45

Zoran Gligorić

Dean, Faculty of Mining and Geology, University of Belgrade

Serbia

46

Tomislav Popit

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering

Slovenia

47

Matjaž Mikoš

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering

Slovenia

48

Miloš Bavec

Director, Geological Survey of Slovenia

Slovenia

49

A Virajh Dias

Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau

Sri Lanka

50

Louis Ge

Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University

Chinese Taipei

51

Hans Guttman

Executive Director, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

Thailand

52

Nejan Huvaj

Middle East Technical University (METU)

Turkey

53

Oleksandr M. Trofymchuk

Institute of Telecommunications and Global Information Space, National Academy of Science of Ukraine

Ukraine

54

Binod Tiwari

Associate Vice President, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Division of Academic Affairs, California State University, Fullerton

USA

55

Beena Ajmera

North Dakota State University

USA

56

Tran Tan Van

Director, Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources (VIGMR)

Vietnam

57

Nguyen Xuan Khang

Director General, Institute of Transport Science and Technology

Vietnam

Secretary of the Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020 Kyoji Sassa, Secretary General of the ICL The Secretariat of the International Consortium on Landslides 138-1 Tanaka-Asukai cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8226, Japan secretariat@iclhq.org, URL: http://www.iplhq.org/

KLC2020 Intergovernmental Panel

The purpose of the KLC2020 is the global promotion of understanding and reducing landslide disaster risk. KLC2020 partners include researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers. Researchers contribute to the understanding of landslide disaster risk, policy-makers contribute to the reduction of landslide disaster risk, and practitioners work and cooperate from both aspects. While the ICL indeed includes 9 governmental member organizations, the majority of the ICL members are not policy-makers.

The title of the high-level panel discussion in WLF4 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2017 was “Strengthening Intergovernmental Network and the International Programme on Landslides (IPL) for ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015–2025 for Global Promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk”. The adopted Ljubljana Declaration advanced the idea of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment for Global Promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk. In pursuance to this discussion, the KLC2020 proposes considering the development of an Intergovernmental Panel on Landslide Risk Reduction in the framework of KLC2020 within the International Programme on Landslides (IPL). Concept and management of the KLC2020 Intergovernmental Panel on Landslide Risk Reduction will be examined in April 2020 in Kyoto, and at the high-level panel discussion on 3 November 2020 at the Fifth World Landslide Forum.

The panel would offer a common discussion platform for both researchers and policy-makers in reducing landslide disaster risk based on the updated understanding of landslide disaster risk. We will call for the KLC2020 partners who will form the second group of signatories in April 2020 and the third group of signatories at WLF5, respectively, to join and sign as representatives of government sectors as well as NGOs and academia.

Commitment to KLC2020

A commitment such as the “Kyoto 2020 Commitment” expands and strengthens a declaration such as the 2017 Ljubljana Declaration. KLC2020 does not require any additional works or responsibilities from the partners other than their own intrinsic works/mandates. All KLC2020 partners are those organizations who already have division(s)/entity(ies) whose intrinsic missions are related to understand and reduce landslide disaster risk. Accordingly, their success in carrying out their missions is in itself the successful commitment to KLC2020.

Call for contribution to journal Landslides

ICL created a new category of News/Kyoto Commitment in 2018 as a common platform for KLC2020. All partners of KLC2020 are invited to contribute to the journal Landslides their past, present, and future activities; announcement of planned meetings/schools; construction works for landslide disaster risk; or recent landslides within 4 printed pages. Any progress in the landslide disaster risk reduction in each country will be a good resource to other partners. All news published in Landslides are widely distributed worldwide and all articles can be easily accessed any time for more than 10 years. All articles published in Landslides may include full color photos and figures, with neither contribution fee nor color printing fee. Landslides is the contribution from ICL to the world landslide community. And News/Kyoto Commitment is the contribution from ICL to KLC2020 partners. Please refer to the past articles of News/Kyoto Commitment in Sassa (2019b).

References

  1. Sassa K (2019a) The Fifth World Landslide Forum and the final draft of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment. Landslides 16(2):201–211CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Sassa K (2019b) Journal Landslides, the International Consortium on Landslides, and the Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020. Landslides 16(9):1623–1628CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Consortium on Landslides (ICL)KyotoJapan

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