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IFNet Newsletter Vol. 19
April 2004 / IFNet secretariat

1. Meeting with WMO's Secretary-General Mr.Jarraud
2. IFNet Meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland
3. Participation in the 4th World Water Forum Kick-off Meeting
4. Flood Session held in CSD12 at UN Headquarters
5. Information
6. Numbers of IFNet Participants

1. Meeting with WMO's Secretary-General Mr.Jarraud

The board members of IFNet, Chairperson Mr.Tyagi, Vice Chairperson Mr. Nunomura, Vice Chairperson Mr. Laarhoven and Director General Mr. Kikuchi held a meeting with WMO (World Meteorological Organization) 's Secretary-General Mr. Michel Jarraud on March 23 and extensively exchanged ideas. Mr.Jarraud highly praised IFNet's efforts and emphasized WMO's position regarding flood problems, stating that if such an action would expand, it would be helpful in mitigating flood damages around the world. As for IFNet, we would like to pursue our partnership with WMO and enhance our action, expanding membership.




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2. IFNet Meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland

On March 23, the day after the UN Water Day took place at WMO in Geneva,
Switzerland, the meeting to talk over the future works of IFNet was held among the Chairperson Mr.Tyagi, Vice Chairperson Mr.Nunomura, Mr.Laarhoven and Director General Mr.Kikuchi. They affirmed to enhance the sense of participation for the participants and to provide substantial output. Furthermore, they agreed to advance the close partnership with WMO and collaborate with partner organizations around the world including Japan and the Netherlands.



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3. Participation in the 4th World Water Forum
Kick-off Meeting

The first preparatory meeting was held in Mexico City on March 22 and 23 for the coming 4th World Water Forum, which will also be held in Mexico in March 2006. IFNet, founded on the flood day during the 3rd World Water Forum in Kyoto, asserted that the flood topic be included as one of the themes at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico.



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4. Flood Session held in CSD12 at UN Headquarters

The 12th Commission on Sustainable Development was held under the auspices of the UN Headquarters from April 14 to April 30 in New York. Un the Chairperson Mr. Mitsunari, Senior Deputy Director of River Planning Div., MLIT of Japan, Mr. Jezeph of UN-ESCAP, Dr. Nyambe of University of Zambia, Mr. Ikeda of Public Works Research Institute, and IFNet's Acting Director General Mr. Umeda served as speakers at the Flood Session held as a partnership fair. IFNet also displayed an exhibition booth while calling out for participants and explained the schema of the project.



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5. Information

The International Flood Network (IFNet) is a network that is widely open to anyone who has an interest in floods. Our Network aims to support the aspects of diverse flood solution actions by exchange of mutual participants' information and reflections. Please download the participation form. We are looking forward to your active involvement!

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6. Numbers of IFNet Participants

- Individuals : 164 from 42 countries
- Organisations : 121 from 47 countriea
- TOTAL : 285 from 62 countries
(As of April 20, 2004)

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