“What the world and Japan will be like in 2050”
High School Students discuss global affairs

On February 3 2018, the WHO Kobe Centre, along with the Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education and Osaka University, organized the WKC forum “High School Students’ Day: Let’s Discuss International Relations”. About 450 students participated, mainly from high schools in Hyogo prefecture, and shared their views of what the world and Japan would look like in 2050.

In the keynote speech entitled, “The World and Japan in 2050, A Model for the World ”, Mr Shinjiro Nozaki, External Relations Officer of the WHO Kobe Centre said, “I do not think we need to be pessimistic. Japan has been a world leader while also being super-ageing society and has learnt many precious lessons on how to adapt. Japan will show the world how an ageing society can be a healthy society where people enjoy their lives.”

The 21st Meeting of the Advisory Committee Report

The 21st Meeting of the Advisory Committee for the WKC (ACWKC) met on 16-17 November, last year in Kobe, Japan.

The meeting discussed progress on the Center’s strategic objectives for 2016-17; research achievements to advance UHC, ageing related metrics, innovations, capacity building activities and the knowledge hub. A special lunch session was organized to present the Center’s dementia research project. At the end of the meeting, a technical discussion was held on monitoring UHC in light of population ageing. The Committee recommended developing a long-term research plan and quality assurance strategy to improve the relevance and quality of the Center’s research.

1.17- Kobe reminds us again of the importance of disaster preparedness


On January 17, Hyogo commemorated the 23rd anniversary of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake in 1995. Kobe/Hyogo municipalities and communities demonstrated to the world how to recover and rebuild with vitality after a disaster using the concept of “creative reconstruction”.

The annual ceremony was held in HAT Kobe where international agencies and national/local institutes for disaster management and preparedness are concentrated to create a global information and innovation hub, and where the WHO Kobe Centre is located.

The WKC Director, Sarah Louise Barber, attended the ceremony representing WHO paying respect. Dr Barber noted “I would like to express my great respect to Hyogo/Kobe’s long standing commitment in reconstruction and their efforts to support other disaster stricken areas in the world using precious lessons they learnt from the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake.”

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