Government ministers from around the world met in Sendai, Japan, October 9 and 10 for the Sendai Dialogue—a special event on managing disaster risk co-hosted by the Government of Japan and the World Bank. Part of the IMF-WBG Annual Meetings program, the Dialogue brought together Annual Meetings delegates, disaster experts and other stakeholders to build a global consensus on the need to better prepare for disasters around the world.
The event’s host city, Sendai, is the largest city in the Tohoku Region along the Pacific coast of Japan, which bore the brunt of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The Sendai Dialogue was an occasion to express solidarity with the people of Japan and a unique opportunity to learn from the Japanese experience with disaster risk management. The event also drew on the experiences of other countries that have faced large-scale disasters.