To form the Organising Committee of the Children & Youth Blast!, 20 young people of diverse backgrounds, from various regions and up to 30 years of age, along with 5 young people especially from Japan were sought to work together as a team with a Japan-based Secretariat. The Organizing Committee is responsible for the program, thematic content and mobilising young people to the Children & Youth Blast! In addition, it is the responsibility of the Organising Committee to ensure that the Children & Youth Blast! is an inclusive platform providing a safe space for children and youth to:
- Share views, ideas and experiences, especially best practices, in reducing disaster risk and in building community resilience;
- Discuss their aspirations, expectations and needs, as well as, the contribution and added value they bring to disaster risk reduction decision-making;
- Capture innovative ideas and recommendations for disaster resilience and opportunities to pitch to the leaders of today and corporate partners for support and partnership-building;
- Collaborate on the development of basic guidelines and risk reduction indicators to better inform policy and monitor progress towards disaster resilience for all;
- Formulate children and youth commitments to a Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction to be presented at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
WCDRR Organising Partner
Working in close partnership with the Organising Committee of the Children & Youth Blast!, a dedicated team of the most capable young people in Japan was sought to form a Japan Secretariat. On the frontlines, this Japan Secretariat will be responsible for the logistics, planning and preparation, required to welcome up to 200 inspiring young leaders, all engaged in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and from around the world to Sendai, Japan and to:
- Showcase the cultural, artistic and historical traditions of the Japanese people to the world throughout the Children & Youth Blast! and especially at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies;
- Collaborate with the Government of Japan, Sendai City Council, UN agencies, private sector and civil society partners to deliver a platform for future youth engagement in Japan;
- Share the dedication, creativity and resilient spirit of Japanese children and youth in overcoming adversity, reducing disaster risk and in building community resilience;
- Mobilize children and youth from across Japan in commemorating the 20-year anniversary of the 1995 Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake and 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami;
- Co-ordinate the primary logistics including accommodation, visa registration, catering, transport and social activities for delegates attending the Children & Youth Blast!