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The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Several thousand participants attended, including at related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.  The United Nations General Assembly Resolution for 2013 on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction states that the World Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document and will have the following objectives:

* To complete assessment and review of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action;
* To consider the experience gained through the regional and national strategies/institutions and plans for disaster risk reduction and their recommendations as well as relevant regional agreements within the implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action;
* To adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
* To identify modalities of cooperation based on commitments to implement a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
* To determine modalities to periodically review the implementation of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

Presentation courtesy of Dr Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction
The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Several thousand participants attended, including at related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. The United Nations General Assembly Resolution for 2013 on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction states that the World Conf...
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Popocatapatele and Colima, two of Mexico’s most active volcanoes, are acting up again.  For now the eruptions are not considered to be dangerous and no evacuations have been ordered.  But don’t forget that the world’s 1,498 other active volcanoes can erupt at anytime too.  A re-eruption of any of these active volcanoes is likely to be very devastating, locally, regionally, and globally.   Location and a large explosivity index (VEI) combine to make some volcanoes especially dangerous.  Location refers to proximity to cities and other areas of high human population density.  An eruption with large VEI at such locations is certain to be devastating to people, their property, their health, the community infra-structure, the environment, and the  economy. Presentation courtesy of Dr Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction.
Popocatapatele and Colima, two of Mexico’s most active volcanoes, are acting up again. For now the eruptions are not considered to be dangerous and no evacuations have been ordered. But don’t forget that the world’s 1,498 other active volcanoes can erupt at anytime too. A re-eruption of any of these active volcanoes is likely to be very devastating, locally, regionally, and globally. Location and a large explosivity index (VEI) combine to make so...
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Disaster resilience, which is the capacity of a country to rebound quickly after the socioeconomic impacts of a disaster, requires decision-making for a national paradigm shift from the status quo.  Disaster resilience has become an urgent global goal in the 21st century as many Nations are experiencing disasters after a natural hazard strikes, and learning that their communities, institutions, and  people do NOT yet have the capacity to be disaster resilient.  Presentation courtesy of Dr Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction.
Disaster resilience, which is the capacity of a country to rebound quickly after the socioeconomic impacts of a disaster, requires decision-making for a national paradigm shift from the status quo. Disaster resilience has become an urgent global goal in the 21st century as many Nations are experiencing disasters after a natural hazard strikes, and learning that their communities, institutions, and people do NOT yet have the capacity to be disaste...
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On January 29, 2015, a routine delivery of gas to a maternity hospital in Mexico City leads to a deadly explosion killing 4 and injuring dozens.  The explosion occurred when a gas  tanker was making a routine, early morning delivery of gas to the hospital kitchen, and gas started to leak.  The tanker workers worked for 15 to 20 minutes to repair the leak while a large cloud of gas was forming, then exploded.  Technologies for monitoring, forecasting, and warning are vital for  becoming resilient.  Presentation courtesy of Dr Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction
On January 29, 2015, a routine delivery of gas to a maternity hospital in Mexico City leads to a deadly explosion killing 4 and injuring dozens. The explosion occurred when a gas tanker was making a routine, early morning delivery of gas to the hospital kitchen, and gas started to leak. The tanker workers worked for 15 to 20 minutes to repair the leak while a large cloud of gas was forming, then exploded. Technologies for monitoring, forecasting,...
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Disasters are caused by single- or multiple-event natural  hazards that, (for various reasons), cause extreme levels of  mortality, morbidity, homelessness, joblessness, economic losses, or environmental impacts.  The keys to resilience: 1) know the history of past disasters  2) be prepared  3) have a warning system 4) evacuate 5) learn from the experience.  Presentation courtesy of Dr Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction
Disasters are caused by single- or multiple-event natural hazards that, (for various reasons), cause extreme levels of mortality, morbidity, homelessness, joblessness, economic losses, or environmental impacts. The keys to resilience: 1) know the history of past disasters 2) be prepared 3) have a warning system 4) evacuate 5) learn from the experience
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Floods occur somewhere in the world 10,000 times or more each year.  With 2015’s spring floods only weeks away, it’s past time to speed up the long-term recovery process for floods.  In 2008, after weeks of flooding through Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin, the region faced billions of dollars in losses, threats of disease, and a long cleanup.  Losses included millions of acres of prime farm land that are still requiring restoration and the rebuilding of large urban areas such as Cedar Rapids, Iowa which alone is estimated to have required at least $1 billion.  However, the total direct and indirect losses may never be known.  Flood waters during the summer of 2008 seeped into countless wells, affecting drinking water for thousands of homes and businesses across the region.   Hazardous materials were also released into the flood waters that ultimately emptied into the Gulf of Mexico exacerbating what marine biologists call a “dead zone” – bodies of water so starved for oxygen that aquatic life can no longer be supported.  Presentation courtesy of Dr Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction.
Floods occur somewhere in the world 10,000 times or more each year. With 2015’s spring floods only weeks away, it’s past time to speed up the long-term recovery process for floods. In 2008, after weeks of flooding through Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin, the region faced billions of dollars in losses, threats of disease, and a long cleanup. Losses included millions of acres of prime farm land that are still requiring restoration a...
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The challenge of our time in the 21st century: Protecting and preserving  PEOPLE and  COMMUNITIES from the potential disaster agents of natural hazards. The “best solution set” vis a vis the global policy framework to strengthen disaster resilience include (1) anticipate and plan for the full spectrum of what can happen; (2) to build capacity at the community level to strengthen disaster in the areas of preparedness, protection,  early warning, emergency response, and recovery/reconstruction; (3) to be relentless in informing, educating, training, and building equity in all areas that constitute disaster resilience in all sectors of every community in every nation. WE KNOW WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT.  But just knowing is not enough.  Tangible action is essential to reach the urgent goal of global disaster resilience by 2020 and will require that all communities work strategically to implement a realistic set of scientific, technical, and political solutions nested within EXISTING  administrative, legal, and economic constraints.  Presentation courtesy of Dr Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction.
A focus on actions in 2015 will accelerate the transition from the past 14 years of global disaster proneness to global disaster resilience by 2020. A snaphot of our world circa 1st January 2015: 7+ billion people, and growing while Living and competing in an interconnected global economy, producing $60 trillion+ of products each year,and facing complex disasters every year that cause multi-billions in losses and reduce a community’s ability to w...
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March 15, 2015: The second world conference on disaster risk reduction convened in Sendai, Japan will re-invigorate the historic global endeavor started in 1990 by the United Nations. Presentation courtesy of Dr Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction
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INDIA IS BIG, DIVERSE, and CAPABLE. It is the seventh largest country, The second most populous country with human resources of over 1.2 billion people having cultural and religious diversity, The most populous democracy, with many well- educated and well-trained people, with high-tech and low-tech capabilities.  On the downside, it is also a country with many living in poverty, with many living in non-earthquake-resistant housing, with cities and towns that are dependent upon non- earthquake-resistant infrastructure and critical facilities.  India faces potential disasters each year from floods, earthquakes, and cyclones, some of which have triggered notable disasters in the past, and very recently.  That will happen again, unless a paradigm shift occurs. Disaster resilience has become an urgent global goal in the 21st century as many Nations are experiencing disasters after a natural hazard strikes, and learning that their communities, institutions, and people do NOT yet have the capacity to be disaster resilient. Disaster resilience does not just happen; it is the result of decision-making for a national paradigm shift from the status quo to an improved “coping capacity” that enables the country to rebound quickly after a disaster. A paradigm shift towards earthquake disaster resilience is a three step process. Step 1: Integrate Past Experiences Into Books of Knowledge.  Step 2: From Books of Knowledge to Innovative Educational Surges to Build Professional and Technical Capacit.  Step 3: From Professional and Technical Capacity to Disaster Resilience.  In summary, BOOKS OF KNOWLEDGE are are “TOOLS” to facilitate India’s continuing commitment to minimize the likely impacts of the inevitable future earthquake, thereby preventing another disaster
INDIA IS BIG, DIVERSE, and CAPABLE. It is the seventh largest country, The second most populous country with human resources of over 1.2 billion people having cultural and religious diversity, The most populous democracy, with many well- educated and well-trained people, with high-tech and low-tech capabilities. On the downside, it is also a country with many living in poverty, with many living in non-earthquake-resistant housing, with cities and...
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Across the country, researchers are combining microbiology, genomics and population genetics on a massive scale to identify the micro-organisms in the buildings and confined spaces of entire cities.
Scientists in 18-Month Project Gather DNA Throughout Transit System to Identify Germs, Study Urban Microbiology
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A lot of people want to know the answer to that question; scientists only have hints about why some live while others don’t. They know, for instance, that the body’s first-responder immune cells seem to malfunction in those who don’t make it, triggering a massive internal overreaction to the virus. These patients suffer from fever, dehydration, organ failure and, finally, death.  But in those who survive, the first-responder cells manage to enlist the “adaptive” immune response that makes cells and proteins to attack specific viruses. Those who survive make antibodies to the virus—proteins tailor-made to recognize and destroy Ebola itself.
KENEMA, Sierra Leone—Alex Moigboi was panicking. He was preparing to enter the Ebola ward wearing just a pair of gloves and a plastic gown over his scrubs. It was totally inadequate—like a firefighter entering a burning building wearing a pair of Ray-Bans—and Alex knew it. But he couldn’t find the rest of the protective gear…
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  • Stanford University
    Mathematics, classics and physics
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Epidemiology and Tropical Medicine
  • University of Chicago
    Emergency Medicine
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Legendary humanitarian visionary, medical doctor, noted author, gifted teacher, and iconic figure in the aid community (https://www.rebelmouse.com/ericnojimd/)
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WHICH CIRCLES SHOULD YOU PLACE ME:
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  • Citizen of the world
  • Innovation
  • Sophistication
  • Dreamer
  • Authenticity
  • Brand Engagement
  • Brand Marketing
  • Brainstorm Facilitation
  • Innovation Development
  • Philanthropist
  • Iconoclast
  • Fix what is broken
  • Innovative technology broker 
  • Talent scout par excellence
  • Mentor
  • Legend
  • Teacher
  • Digital "Ronin"
  • Naturalist
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Putting humpty-dumpty back together again
  • Networking Evangelist
  • Matchmaker
  • Impressario

ABOUT ME:

I am a medical doctor with over 25 years of experience working in the fields of global health, applied epidemiology, disaster relief, health and human security, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, emergency preparedness and crisis monitoring.  I was born near Honolulu on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.  Due to my father's occupation as a Naval officer and diplomat, I traveled more places than most people do in a lifetime before I was 18. Lived in Switzerland, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the South of France. 

After graduating from college at Stanford, I spent the next three years being a nomad traveler hitchhiking around Asia, North Africa, South America, New Guinea, Bornea, New Australia and Eastern Europe.  When I ran out of money, I worked odd jobs, primarily in building and construction, carpentry, painting houses, waiting tables in restaurants, repairing boats, yachts, and even some quite large luxury cruise ships. Always entrepreneurial by nature, I discovered at a very young age that there is always a way to make a living, even if it meant living quite frugally and in rather austere conditions.  During my travels in the USA I would hold a sign up that said  "Traveling Need Work" and stand in front of a hardware store.  

But I never lost sight of my childhood dream to become a medical doctor.  This three year period might seem to others to have been aimless wandering, a "lost weekend", but in truth was the time where I really "found myself" as well as learning about life and being completely self-sufficient.  Despite not doing much in the way of studying or anything remotely resembling an academic life since I left Stanford, I did remarkably well on my medical entrance examinations and was accepted to several medical schools.  I decided on the University of Rochester in upstate New York.  After graduating from medical school, I did my clinical medical training in Emergency Medicine in Chicago followed by public health studies in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.  After several years as an attending physician at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, I have spent the better part of the past twenty years working in Atlanta Georgia at the "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" or CDC as a medical epidemiologist (otherwise known as a "disease detective", a job popularized in novels and films such as "The Andromeda Strain", "And the Band Played On", "Outbreak", "Ebola", "The Hot Zone" and "Contagion").

As a medical epidemiologist at the CDC for more than two decades, my public health work took me all over the world, and I had the pleasure of living in a wide range of habitats, from North African deserts, tropical rain forests in Southeast Asia, high mountains above timberline in the Hindu Kush, and above the Arctic Circle in the vast Siberian tundra.  Many stories here, believe me!  Yes, I've had a very interesting (and eventful) life.   Being adventurous, intense and passionate about just about everything I do, I admit I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but unlike many people, I learned from these misadventures and rarely made the same mistake again.  For the most part, I lived frugally, I invested well and now I can do what I like, when I like, and for the most part, what I do best.  I also finally have the time to do a lot of reading, writing, take the occasional short-term medical missions to work in the poorest countries in the most difficult circumstances and have even consulted on some movies and documentaries. 

I currently am a founding partner at Aegis Health Security.  The core of our work is to strengthen corporate, government and voluntary organization partnerships through aggressive marketing and networking using both traditional media (film, TV, radio, theater, art exhibits, etc.) and new and innovative applications of internet-based social media to strengthen the international community's response, recovery and resilience to disasters (such as  Hurricane Sandy , which severely damaged our New York City office).  However, I mostly spend my time raising awareness and money for organizations that work to strengthen the education and health of children with very special needs who are homeless, abused, starving, illiterate, left orphaned or destitute by natural disasters, or traumatized by war.   This is something I believe passionately in. And which I intend to spend the rest of my life doing.  C'est toute.

"...I live and work on the edge - the views are breathtaking, the experiences deep and satisfying and the learning is limitless...."


INTERESTS:
In my lifetime, I really have done just about everything and have been to just about everywhere!   My passions are travel to exotic locales, good food and wine and meeting new and interesting people.   Despite all the travel I was able to do at CDC, I still adore going to the most exotic, off-the-beaten track places to experience different cultures, cuisines, personal relationships and unusual environments.  I have very eclectic interests including architecture, English gardens, animal husbandry, family and historical genealogy (especially of royalty and noble families), polo, field ornithology, marine biology, military history, especially the development of naval warfare since the time of Themistocles and Pericles in Athens, yacht and outrigger design, electrical engineering, ship and automobile restoration (I used to own a Maserati that is still a classic).  I love people and have always been very fond of stimulating conversation, especially with creative and talented people like artists, writers, musicians, athletes, scholars, actors, dancers, scientists, film-makers, inventors, wanderers and iconoclasts. Since early childhood, I have had a fascination with all living creatures, particularly dinosaurs. Since very early childhood, I have had a fascination with all living creatures.  I usually have at least a three dogs, a cat, birds and a couple horses.  An avid naturalist and skilled wildlife biologist, my favorite pastime is wandering in the countryside on crisp, clear autumn days usually accompanied by his two golden retrievers and beautiful three-month old Huskie.



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“…So much has been said and written about the legendary life of Dr Eric Noji — and his story is so mythic in its sweep — that it’s difficult to summarize his career without restating clichés that have already been digested by dozens of his admirers. To start with the obvious, he is the most influential public health figure in the disaster relief and humanitarian crisis community, having introduced more innovations into current health response to disasters than any of his contemporaries. Relentlessly imaginative, iconoclastic and innovative, Eric Noji grabbed a hold of the international humanitarian community’s consciousness in 1985 and never let go for the next three decades, always staying ahead of the pack in terms of creativity but never losing his remarkable ability to communicate his increasingly sophisticated ideas to the general public and senior-level decision-makers in governments, the UN, corporations and philanthropic organizations. His supremacy as disaster icon remains unchallenged to this day, years after having left the Centers for Disease Control where he first achieved prominence…” From the Foreword by Sergio Viera de Mello to his book of memoirs: “Confessions of a Wanderer: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy”, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (publication date, October 2013).
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Medical doctor
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nnovation Development, Fix what is broken, Innovative technology broker, Talent scout par excellence, MentorTeacher, Social entrepreneur, Putting humpty-dumpty back together again, Networking Evangelist, Matchmaker, Impressario
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  • Global Biodiversity Protection
    Director, GBP USA, present
  • AEGIS HEALTH SECURITY
    Founding Partner and Senior Advisor, present
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Washington DC, USA
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Atlanta, Georgia - Geneva, Switzerland - Kailua, Hawaii - Bujumbura - Kuala Lumpur - Asuncion