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WLF6 PLENARY PROGRAMME on 14 November 2023

9:00 – 10:30
Opening Ceremony

Chairs: Kyoji Sassa – ICL Secretary General and Veronica Tofani – ICL Vice President and WLF6 Secretary General

9:00 – 9:10

Opening address from the primary organizers

Nicola Casagli – ICL President and Chair of the 6th WLF
Paolo Canuti – UNESCO Chairholder prevention and sustainable mitigation of geo-hydrological hazard

9:10 – 9:35

Greetings from United Nations organizations

Tshilidzi Marwala – Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations / Rector of the United Nations University (pre-recorded)
Mami Mizutori – UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (pre-recorded)
Xing Qu – Deputy Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO (pre-recorded)
Food and Agriculture Organization (tbc)
World Meteorological Organization WMO (tbc)

9:35 – 9:55

Greetings from scientific organizations

Motoko Kotani – Vice-President for Science and Society of the International Science Council ISC (pre-recorded)
Mustafa B. Shehu – President elect of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations WFEO (pre-recorded)
John Ludden – President of the International Union of Geological Sciences IUGS (onsite)
Chris Rizos – President of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics IUGG (pre-recorded)

9:55 – 10:30

Welcome messages from host organizations in Italy

Alessandra Petrucci – Rector of Florence University
Dario Nardella – Major of Florence
Eugenio Giani – President of Tuscany Region
Nello Musumeci – Minister of Civil Protection
Anna Maria Bernini – Minister of University and Research
Francesco Lollobrigida – Minister of Agriculture and Forestry (tbc)
Gilberto Pichetto Fratin – Minister of Environment
Matteo Salvini – Minister of Infrastructure and Transport (tbc)

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 – 13:00
KLC2020 General Conference 2023 & High-Level Panel Discussion

John Ludden – IUGS President

11:00 – 11:10

Opening of the KLC2020 General Conference 2023

John Ludden – IUGS President and Chair of KLC2020 General Conference 2023

11:10 – 11:30

Signing ceremony of new KLC2020 signatories

Kyoji Sassa – Secretary General of KLC2020

Introduction of new KLC2020 partners:
British Geological Survey, UK
National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED), Japan
Tsinghua University, China
Engineering Geology Research Group (EGRG), Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, Japan
Kochi University, Japan
Chuo Kaihatu Cooperation, Japan
Kiso-Jiban Consultants. Co.Otd. Japan
Other organizations

11:30 – 12:45

High-Level Panel discussion “KLC2020 Review and way forward”

Chairs: Matjaž Mikoš and Qunli Han – Global Promotion Committee of IPL and KLC2020

Panelists from KLC2020 partners:
Thomas Hofer – Senior Forestry Officer at FAO
Yuki Matsuoka – Head UNDRR office in Japan
Soichiro Yasukawa – Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction Unit at UNESCO (tbc)
Satoru Nishikawa – International Institute of Disaster Science
Alexander Rudloff – Secretary General of IUGG
Hiroshi Kitazato – Treasurer of IUGS
Fabrizio Curcio – Department of Civil Protection Italian Government
Stefano Laporta – ISPRA, Geological Survey of Italy
WFEO (tbc)
Nicola Casagli – ICL President and Chair of the 6th WLF
Explanation of the Florence Declaration

12:45 – 12:50

Adoption of the Florence Declaration on Landslide Risk Reduction

John Ludden – IUGS President and Chair of KLC2020 General Conference 2023

12:50 – 13:00

Joint photo of the panelists and the new KLC2020 signatories

13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 16:00
WLF6 Plenary lectures

Chairs: Fausto Guzzetti – National Research Council and Binod Tiwari – ICL Vice-President

14:00 – 14:30

Olivier Dewitte – Royal Museum for Central Africa
Landslides in tropical environments: insight from the East African Rift

14:30 – 15:00

Xuanmei Fan – Chengdu University of Technology
Mechanisms and prediction of earthquake and climate change induced cascading hazards

15:00 – 15:30

Jonathan Godt – USGS
New US National Strategy for Landslide Loss Reduction

15:30 – 16:00

Giovanni B. Crosta – Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca
Landslides impact on structures and infrastructures

16:00 – 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00
Recognition and Awards Ceremony

Chairs: Peter Bobrowsky – Chair IPL Awards Committee and Irasema Alcántara Ayala – Chair IPL Evaluation Committee

16:30 – 17:00

World Centers of Excellence on Landslide Risk Reduction

17:00 – 17:30

Varnes Medals

Charles Ng – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – 2022 Medal
Edward N. Bromhead – formerly Kingston University UK – 2022 Medal
tbd – 2023 Medal

17:30 – 17:40

IPL-KLC Award for Success

tbd – 2021-2023 Award

17:40 – 17:50

Hiroshi Fukuoka IPL Award

tbd – 2021-2023 Award

17:50 – 18:00

Oldrich Hungr Awards 

Clarence Choi – University of Hong Kong – 2022 Award
tbd – 2023 Award

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