Globally promoting Integrated Research on Disaster Risk


ICoE-Coherence logo

The connection around the letter ”o” represents global "coordination, integration, and harmony" in our activities. Blue represents partnership in SDG Goal No. 17, green represents climate change adaptation, and gray represents disaster risk reduction.

JHoP established the 18th IRDR ICoE (International Center of Excellence) in the world in 2021 as a Japanese research center to promote international integrated research on disaster risk in collaboration with overseas organizations under the framework of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR). IRDR is a decade-long research programme co-sponsored by the International Science Council (ISC) and UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). The name ICoE-Coherence is derived from the aim to promote the coherence among the post-2015 international frameworks; the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs), and the Paris Agreement.

Official name: IRDR ICoE for Coherence among Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation, and Sustainable Development (IRDR ICoE-Coherence)

Conceptual Diagram of JHoP and ICoE-Coherence


ICoE-Coherence, together with JHoP, is internationally promoting coherence to tackle the three interrelated social challenges: disaster risk reduction (DRR), sustainable development, and climate change, with the aim of comprehensively strengthening resilience in the face of catastrophic disasters that are predicted to strike Japan in the first half of the 21st century.

International Activities 1

Cooperation with IRDR ICoE-Taipei

IRDR ICoE-Taipei is the first IRDR ICoE established to conduct a wide range of activities including human resource development, regional networking and collaborative research on DRR.

JHoP has long been engaged in activities in cooperation with ICoE-Taipei.In December 2021, ICoE-Coherence co-hosted AI-KBA2021 (Advance Institute on Knowledge based Action 2021) with ICoE-Taipei as the first full-scale collaborative event with overseas ICoEs,

AI-KBA2021 was held as a four-day hybrid program consisting of lectures and workshops on "Online Synthesis System for Sustainability and Resilience (OSS-SR)". Nine lecturers from ICoE-Taipei and ICoE-Coherence and 36 young researchers mainly from Asia participated in the program consisting of lectures and workshops for four days. The program concluded with a discussion on "Future Development of OSS-SR and Facilitators" by all participants on December 16. In June 2022, the two ICoEs co-hosted a session summarizing this program at the Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2022 (SRI2022).

The Taiwanese organizers of AI-KBA2021 include ICoE-Taipei and the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), and the Taiwanese sponsor is Academia Sinica. ICoE-Coherence will continue to promote international collaboration on DRR research in cooperation with these organizations.