The Asian City Journalist Conference is held jointly by UN-HABITAT ROAP, Nishi Nippon Newspaper, and the Government of Japan (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Tourism and Transport), inviting distinguished journalists from Asian cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, Dalian, Busan, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hoh Chi Min, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, and Singapore. The Conference aims to discuss the urban sustainability agenda, from sustainable transportation, urban safety, to broader topics such as addressing the urban divide, and to clarify the roles, responsibilities and further possibilities of the media.
In recent years, natural disasters which are caused partly in affect by climate change have frequently occurred in Asia. While many of these disasters are difficult to prevent or predict, to minimize damages of natural disaster is very important, not only to create disasters resilience in cities but also to strengthen disaster prevention capacities at community levels, through formal and informal education systems, local community networks, and voluntary organizations for disaster prevention.
In this conference, journalists made presentations about natural disasters in their cities and activities for disaster prevention and discussed how we can increase disaster prevention capacities and skills at community levels.