Kyoto 2020 Commitment

(4 March 2018)
Kyoto 2020 Commitment for Global Promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk

The ISDR (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) – ICL (International Consortium on Landslides) Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025 for global promotion of understanding and reducing landslide disaster risk was proposed by ICL to the working session “Underlying Risk Factors” at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) on 16 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. It was adopted and signed by participating global stakeholders (Sassa 2015, Wahlström 2015). The progress made by the Sendai Partnerships from its foundation in 2015 to March 2017 was reported in Landslides Vol.14 (3) (Sassa 2017a). One of the major achievement of this partnerships was the organization of the Fourth World Landslide Forum on May 29-June 2, 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia (Mikos et al. 2017) and, within this Forum, the high-level panel discussion: strengthening intergovernmental network and the International Programme on Landslides (IPL) for the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025.

The draft 2017 Ljubljana Declaration on landslide risk reduction and the concept of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment for global promotion of understanding and reducing landslide disaster risk were discussed on 30 May 2017 at the high-level panel discussion including with participants of WLF 4 (Sassa 2017b). The Declaration included the organization of the Fifth World Landslide Forum (WLF5) in Kyoto, Japan in 2020 and the pursuit of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment process aiming at the launch of the commitment in WLF5. In the round table discussion on 31 May 2017 as a follow-up session to the High-Level Panel Discussion, the 2017 Ljubljana Declaration, the plan of WLF5 (Sassa 2017d) and the concept note of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment for Global Promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk were adopted (Sassa 2017b).

The basic concept of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment is to create a long-term, wider and stronger framework for a global landslide risk reduction network (Sassa 2017b). The call for participating parties to the Kyoto 2020 Commitment was also endorsed as part of the concept (Sassa 2017c).

The 2017 ICL – IPL (International Programme on Landslides) Conference was organized at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France on 29 November to 1 December 2017. At that meeting, the zero draft of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment which was developed based on the concept of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment was presented and discussed. Following the discussion, key persons who were involved in the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships further discussed and examined it and developed the Zero draft of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment.

ICL and IPL group will circulate the zero draft to all ICL-IPL colleagues, key partners of the Sendai Partnerships and invite their comments and contribution to complete the Draft of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment in order to reach a text which meets their acceptance and commitment. This step is expected to continue until the next ICL-IPL Conference to take place in Kyoto, Japan on 2-4 December 2018.

The Draft will be shown to potential participating parties including the United Nations, international and national governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, private organizations, and other entities which are willing to contribute to the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals.

A fourth milestone will be to approve the Kyoto 2020 Commitment in November 2019 at the ICL-IPL meeting at UNESCO, Headquarters, Paris, followed in turn by a call for participating parties to sign the Commitment. The final step will be the unanimous agreement on, and launch of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment at the Fifth World Landslide Forum in Kyoto, Japan in November 2020.


Fig.1 Timeline for the Kyoto 2020 Commitment Process

The current zero draft (4 March 2018) of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment as well as the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025 and 2017 Ljubljana Declaration are shown below. Please give me your comment on the current Zero Draft of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment to improve it.