The 16th Session of the IHP Intergovernmental Council

Date: 20-24 September, 2004
Venue: UNESCO H.Q. (Paris, France)
Participants: Dr. Tadahiko SAKAMOTO
Mr. Shigenobu TAZOU
Mr. Akira Terakawa


The 16th session of the IHP Intergovernmental Council was held from September 20 to 24, 2004, at the UNESCO H.Q. (Paris, France). (IHP stands for International Hydrological Programme.)

At the conference, the future activities of IHP were discussed. The establishment of a number of new UNESCO-IHP centers was also taken up as a part of the reinforcement of relationships among international organizations. On behalf of PWRI, Dr. SAKAMOTO, Mr. TAZOU, Mr. TERAKAWA and Mr. KURIBAYASHI attended the conference and introduced the establishment project for the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management under the auspices of UNESCO (UNESCO-CHARM) (tentative name), which is planned to be established inside PWRI in autumn 2005, and organized various events to help the delegates of the council understand more about the center.

Presentation about UNESCO-CHARM

I. Presentation about UNESCO-CHARM by Dr. SAKAMOTO

At the beginning of the second day's session, Dr. SAKAMOTO made a presentation about UNESCO-CHARM. (Chick here: PPT file) He explained the preparatory activities which have been made so far, the planned activities of the center and its future schedule.

From the floor, we accepted many supportive comments.

After his explanation, 25 countries and 2 international organizations had made comments to support the establishment of the center. Dr. SZOLLOSI-NAGY, (Director of Division of Water Science and Deputy Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO) and other participants commented that this was the first time for them to see such overwhelmingly supportive reactions.


Reception hosted by PWRI

After the first day's session, Dr. SAKAMOTO, Chief Executive of PWRI, hosted a reception party. At the entrance, Dr. SAKAMOTO and his wife, Mrs. Fumiko SAKAMOTO, warmly welcomed the participants. About 250 people participated in the reception and they were satisfied with Japanese foods such as Sushi, Tempura and Japanese sake. The reception was a great success.
One of the participants commented that this was the most impressive reception he ever had in his 34-year-IHP activities.

the reception hall

Presentation about UNESCO-CHARM by Mr. TERAKAWA

Side Event

During a break time of the second day's session, we held a side event to help the delegates know the outline of PWRI's activities and the objectives of UNESCO-CHARM. In the event, we made a video presentation about PWRI and Mr. TERAKAWA made a presentation about UNESCO-CHARM (Chick here: PPT file). Each participant was served lunch and listened to the presentations in a relaxed manner. We gathered 80 participants and held active discussions about the research activities of the center and its staff recruitment. The 45 minutes allocated to us for the side event including the 20-minute- presentation passed too soon.

Conversation between Mr. MATSUURA, Director-General of UNESCO, and Dr. SAKAMOTO

Conversation between Mr. MATSUURA, Director-General of UNESCO, and Dr. SAKAMOTO

At the first day, we visited Mr. Kouichirou MATSUURA, Director-General of UNESCO, and had a conversation about UNESCO-CHARM among other things.
Mr. MATSUURA commented that they appointed 'WATER' as a priority area in the science sector of UNESCO and made a commitment to strongly support the establishment of UNESCO-CHARM.

Adoption of resolution

On the final day, 21 resolutions were proposed and 6 were finally adopted, including the establishment of UNESCO-CHARM. From now, we are going to carry forward necessary procedures to get the approval of the UNESCO Executive Committee in spring 2005 and get the final and official approval from the 191 UNESCO member countries at the General Conference scheduled in autumn 2005.
Lastly, we especially express our deepest gratitude to Mr. IMAMURA (from MLIT, Japan) and other Japanese staff members of UNESCO for helping us throughout the sessions.

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