Tenth Meeting of HELP

September 21, 2017,
Gyeongju, Republic of Korea

The Tenth Meeting of the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) was held on September 21 2017 at Gyeongju, Republic of Korea. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Han, Seung-soo, Chair of HELP. It was attended by about 70 participants from HELP member organizations representing national governments, international organizations, civil society and private sector.

9:00-10:00 Opening
• Opening Remarks by Dr. Han, Seung-soo, Chair of HELP, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water
• Welcome Remarks by Mr. Park, Jae Hyeon, Assisstant Minister for Water Resources Policy Bureau, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, The Republic of Korea
• Remarks by H.E. Dr. Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Public Works and Housing, Republic of Indonesia
• Remarks by Dr. Canisius Kanangire, Executive Secretary, AMCOW
• Remarks by Dr. Benedito Braga, President of the World Water Council
• Remarks by Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Former Head of President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight, Republic of Indonesia

10:00-10:15 Group photo

10:15-11:00 Presentations on HELP-related Activities
• Presentation “Final outcome and future direction of ROK-ASEAN Cooperation Project” by Prof. Chin, Jang Chul, Chief of Executive Committee of Chun Cheon Global Water Forum, and Dr. Keizrul bin Abdullah
• Presentation by Dr. Koki Hirota, Chief Economist, JICA
• Presentation through Video by Prof. Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

11:00-12:00 Plenary Discussion
• Report from the 3rd UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters and recent events as well as future plans to regularize STSWD
• Activities of the HLPW
• Briefing on HELP Action Strategy II and Flagship Initiatives

12:00-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Breakout Sessions I
Breakout Session 1
: “Financing and Investing in Water and Disasters”
• Chaired by a representative of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan
Breakout Session 2: “Flagship Documents of HELP”
• Chaired by Dr. Jerome Delli Priscoli, Chair, Global Water Partnership Technical Committee

14:30-14:45 Break

14:45-15:45 Breakout Sessions II
Breakout Session 3: “HELP Action on COP 23 and Climate Change Process”
• Chaired by the representative of the Netherlands
Breakout Session 4: “Establishing Research/University Alliance on Water and Disasters”
• Co-chaired by Prof. Toshio Koike, Director, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Japan, and Dr. Gretchen Kalonji, Dean of the Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction, Sichuan University

15:45-16:15 Plenary Discussions
• Report by Breakout Session Chairs
• Adopting HELP Action Strategy II

16:15-16:45 HELP’s contribution to Asia Pacific Water Summit
• Report by Dr. Khin Ni Ni Thein, Secretary, Water Advisory Group, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
• Briefing and proposal to HELP by Prof. Toshio Koike, Director, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Japan
• Discussion on HELP’s participation and contribution to APWS

16:45-16:50 Other Matters

16:50-17:00 Wrap-Up and Closing
Closing Remarks by Dr. Han Seung-soo