Welcome to the 15th Multi-hazards Symposium at Mexico City, México.

This symposium will give us the opportunity to reinforce our great mission of doing further research to contribute to disaster risk reduction in disaster-prone countries of the Pacific Rim. I trust that the agenda we will have during the symposium days will help us to define extraordinary ways to foster the resilience and overall well-being of the Asia-Pacific region.

We are fully aware that today’s society requires citizens who have humanitarian and resilience capacities, but that are also able to gather and build new knowledge under a global vision. This is our opportunity to share our experiences and expertise in mitigating the danger in countries most vulnerable to disaster risks, to strengthen our communities and build a more resilient Asia Pacific.

I am sure that during those days, we will have the opportunities to know more about exchange advancement in research, technologies and applications for academics and professionals as an exchange of point of views and think in our contribution to our current world.

My best wishes for a very productive Symposium. Please enjoy our capital and enjoy Mexico.


Sincelery yours,

David Garza
Rector, Tecnológico de Monterrey


40% of the world’s natural disaster events and 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur in the Asia Pacific. In a region of inevitable disasters, improving the coordination and sharing of knowledge across borders is essential to deliver effective disaster reduction and recovery measures.

As one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world, frequent natural hazards – from tsunamis to floods to volcanic eruptions – threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the Pacific Rim and result in catastrophic destruction and damage.

The losses and impacts that characterize disasters have much to do with the exposure and vulnerability of people and places as they do with the severity of the hazard event. While natural hazards cannot be eliminated, by sharing best practice, knowledge, and research, we can better understand risks and minimize the threat to human life. Over the past decade, the Multi-Hazards Hub hosted by Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan has worked to harness the collective capabilities of APRU universities for cutting-edge research on the shared threat of natural hazards facing the region.

Of the top 100 institutions globally by scholarly output on natural disasters, APRU produces 23% of the publications and 28% of the citations.

APRU collaborates with its members and partners to understand how academics, policy leaders, government, and communities can work together to facilitate disaster risk reduction and recovery. Whether it is enhancing the reach of the Sendai Framework or sharing expertise to mitigate the danger in countries most vulnerable to disaster risks, together we can build a more resilient Asia Pacific.
See more at https://apru.org/our-work/pacific-rim-challenges/multi-hazards/

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