CWS Japan General Secretary Takeshi Komino, third from left, at the World Humanitarian Summit with members of CWS public and private sector partners. Photo: CWS

As a voice for disaster risk reduction advocacy and action within CWS and in the wider humanitarian response sector, our team in Japan made noteworthy progress this year.

By building on lessons learned in responding to the East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 – which caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster – CWS Japan led a coalition of non-governmental and faith-based partners at the World Humanitarian Summit. In organizing and leading networks like the Japan CSO Coalition for DRR, the private-public Japan Platform and the Japan Ecumenical Task Force for SAIGAI (disaster), our team helped formulate the commitments stemming from the Summit. As a result of the work of CWS Japan and other organizations, world leaders have promised action to reduce disaster risks for everyone, including the world’s most vulnerable people.

Going forward, our team in Japan will continue to raise our voice for disaster risk reduction and, if another disaster happens, for quality and accountability in humanitarian response. CWS Japan is also an organizing responder to emergencies in Japan, including the Kumamoto earthquake this year. Additionally, CWS Japan is a conduit for Japanese government and private funding in support of CWS and partner humanitarian and development work in Asia and worldwide.

CWS efforts in Japan
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this year.