AIG supported a special pavilion for general public participation, which introduced over 30 community-level disaster risk reduction and reconstruction initiatives under the theme of Civil Society Collaboration and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Five in-house translators and numerous AIG personnel manned the pavilion during the four-day event, assisting foreign visitors, and translating seminar articles.
The pavilion hosted 3,000 visitors, sharing best practices and the latest developments in disaster evacuation systems, including strategies to ensure safe evacuation of children with disabilities and other members of society who require special attention. Visitors from Indonesia (which was devastated by the Sumatra Earthquake of December 2004) and China (where the Great Sichuan Earthquake of 2008 occurred) were among many oversees visitors who came to learn more about Japan’s DRR initiatives.
The company’s booth at the pavilion venue featured AIG employees who have served as front-line volunteers in disaster-stricken areas around the globe. Visitors to the booth, including the Honorable Ms. Emiko Okuyama, mayor of Sendai City, were introduced to the AIG proprietary DRR workshop tool for children and were given keepsakes designed with input from survivors of natural disasters.
During UNWCDRR, news that the South Pacific island nations of Vanuatu and Tuvalu were struck by Cyclone Pam spread throughout the venue. An ad hoc session within the forum's intergovernmental section was quickly convened, with representatives from Tuvalu, Samoa, and Cook Island appealing for emergency assistance. Speakers at the session also emphasized the importance of combatting global warming, which many scientists have credited with the rise of sea levels and the frequency of devastating storms.
According to Bob Noddin, President and CEO of AIG Japan, “AIG’s mission is to make the world a safer place, and by supporting the UN’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction we are taking tangible steps to achieve this goal. I’ve been very impressed and inspired by the Japan team’s enthusiasm in supporting this meaningful event –making sure all audiences come away with valuable information they can apply in their home countries.”
The provisions of the Kyoto Protocol, a UN treaty which acknowledges the existence of global warming and calls for states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, are expected to adopt reduced CO2 emission levels before the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.