3 March 2006: Signing Ceremony for the Establishment of the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risks Managements (ICHARM)
©Delegation of Japan to UNESCO (left to right) Ambassador Sato, Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO and Tadahiko Sakamoto, Chief Executive of the Public Works Research Institute (PWRI)
On 3 March 2006, the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risks Managements (ICHARM) under the auspices of UNESCO in Tsukuba, Japan, was officially established by the signature of agreements. The agreements were signed by Mr Teiichi Sato, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO, Mr Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO and Mr Tadahiko Sakamoto, Chief Executive of the Public Works Research Institute (PWRI)
The plan to establish ICHARM was initiated in March 2003 during the Third World Water Forum held in Japan. One of the main objectives of its creation is to strengthen the network of UNESCO's water-related centres. ICHARM will also contribute to the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP).
ICHARM was officially launched on 6 mars 2006 in Tsukuba. The founding director of ICHARM is Professor Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, former chairperson of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme.
Through the promotion of research, training, and information networking activities, ICHARM will actively contribute to UNESCO's natural sciences programme.
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