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The Fifth World Landslide Forum and the final draft of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment

  • Kyoji SassaEmail author

Progress of the Fifth World Landslide Forum 2020 and the Kyoto 2020 Commitment for global promotion of understanding and reducing landslide disaster risk is reported in this editorial and also in the News/Kyoto Commitment of this issue following a series of report of WLF5 (Sassa (2017a) in Landslides 14 (3), Sassa (2017b) in Landslides 14 (4), Sassa (2017c) in Landslides 14 (5), Sassa (2018a, c) in Landslides 15 (3)).

The Fifth World Landslide Forum, November 2–6, 2020, Kyoto, Japan

Implementing and monitoring the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015–2025—voluntary contribution to the Sendai Framework 2015–2030 and the Agenda 2030-Sustainable Development Goals

Date: 2–6 November 2020

Venue: Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan


International Consortium on Landslides (ICL)

Global Promotion Committee of International Programme on Landslides (GPC/IPL), including the following: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), United Nations University (UNU), International Science Council (ISC), World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG).

Kyoto University (KU), Japan Landslide Society (JLS), Japanese Geotechnical Society (JGS), Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science (JSNDS)

Organizing Committee Chairs:

Kyoji Sassa (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University, Secretary General of ICL)

Peter Bobrowsky (Geological Survey of Canada, President of ICL)

Kaoru Takara (Kyoto University, Japan, Executive Director of ICL)

Local Organizing Committee Chairs:

Kaoru Takara (President of the Japanese Society of Natural Disaster Science)

Daisuke Higaki (Chair of ICL Committee of the Japan Landslide Society)

Ikuo Towhata (Former President of the Japanese Geotechnical Society)

Secretary Generals:

Ryosuke Uzuoka (Professor of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan)

Kazuo Konagai (Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo, Principal researcher of ICL Headquarters)

Khang Dang (Research Promotion Officer of ICL)

Invitation to the Fifth World Landslide Forum

The International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) and the Global Promotion Committee of the International Programme on Landslides (GPC/IPL) invite you to join the 5th World Landslide Forum (WLF5) on November 2–6, 2020, in Kyoto, Japan. This forum will be the opportunity for a mid-term review of the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015–2025—a voluntary contribution to the Sendai Framework 2015–2030 and the Agenda 2030-Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (Sassa 2017d). Participants of the 4th World Landslide Forum adopted the 2017 Ljubljana Declaration on Landslide Risk Reduction—Contributing to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The declaration proposed the concept of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment for Global Promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk (KC2020) to develop the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015–2025 to a medium and long-term global alliance that will accelerate and incentivize action for landslide risk reduction. The organization of WLF5 and the draft of the KC2020 have significantly progressed through the 2017 ICL-IPL UNESCO Conference at UNESCO from 29 November to 1 December in 2017 and 2018 ICL-IPL Kyoto Conference on 1–4 December 2018. WLF5 organizers invite everyone to join WLF5 and also the KC2020. The updated outline of WLF5 and the list of invited speakers who were invited by each session coordinator and accepted by 15 December 2018 are reported below and also included in the News/Kyoto Commitment of this issue (Sassa et al. 2019).

Themes of WLF5

  • Theme 1: Sendai Partnerships 2015–2025 and the Kyoto 2020 Commitment

  • Theme 2: Hazard and vulnerability mapping and zonation

  • Theme 3: Monitoring and early warning

  • Theme 4: Testing, modeling, and risk assessment

  • Theme 5: Education and capacity development for risk management and risk governance

  • Theme 6: Catastrophic landslides: causes and consequences

  • Theme 7: Frontiers of landslide science and innovative practices

  • Theme 8: Specific topics other than themes 1–7 (proposed by active groups)

The 5th of November was designated as “World Tsunami Awareness Day (WTAD)” by 70th session of the UN General Assembly 2015. It recognizes landslides near a coastline or at the bottom of the ocean as one among the major causes of tsunami. Symposia and sessions on landslide-induced tsunamis will be organized on 4 and 5 November 2020 as a part of WLF5. A new Intergovernmental Panel on landslide-induced tsunamis, floods, and flows has been proposed to discuss the subject in the meeting on 4 or 5 November 2020 within the WLF5 venue.

Publication of WLF5

Three types of publication are planned.
  1. 1.
    Thematic issue for WLF5 Landslides vol. 17 (10)
    • Free access from 10 October to 10 November 2020. Papers are submitted to editorial manager for Landslides

    • The review process for papers submitted in this issue is exactly the same as for the regular papers. However, the authors of the accepted papers are invited to the WLF5 as “Invited lecturer or Keynote lecturer in an appropriate session.” Submission of papers for the thematic issue is open from October 2018.

  2. 2.
    Full color books under the above eight themes (similar to the full color books for WLF1–WLF4)
    • Papers for these proceedings are submitted into the editorial manager for WLF5 which will be open from 1 April 2019. The submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and finally edited by the editors of WLF5, which will further be checked and edited and/or formatted by the publisher to match with the format of the forum full color book proceedings.

  3. 3.
    CD proceedings
    • Type A. Papers/abstract/PPT submitted to the CD session coordinators.
      • It will take a shorter period from submission to publication in CD proceedings.

    • Type B. Papers under the eight themes which are not included due to deadline of publication of full color books, but accepted by the coordinator of one of the eight themes. Those papers will also be included in the CD book of WLF5.


Schedule of WLF5 organization

The organization schedule is summarized in the table. This table is published in “WLF5 outline” at the end of each issue of Landslides. The date and the content of this table are periodically updated while the preparation of WLF5 progresses.

  1. 1.

    Submission of papers to the thematic issue is accepted by the end of March 2020. Accepted papers will be published online first in the webpage of Landslides, and then published in the vol.17, No. 10 as the WLF5 thematic issue of Landslides in October 2020.

  2. 2.

    Papers submitted to the full color book proceedings are accepted from 1 April 2018 to the end of May 2020. Editors managing the review and publication process are the editors of the WLF5 book proceedings.

  3. 3.

    Papers or abstract or PPT submitted for the WLF5 CD proceedings are accepted until the end of July 2020, which is the deadline for the submission of digital proceeding of each session to the WLF5 secretariat. The secretariat will combine all session proceedings to one WLF5 CD proceedings book with ISBN number. Editors managing review of this proceedings book are the editors of each CD session.


Preliminary registration of WLF5 for speakers and exhibitors/sponsors

Preliminary registration web is open for speakers and exhibitors/sponsors within WLF5 webpage <>.

Objectives and benefits of preliminary registration
  1. 1)

    The information of the themes selected by the Preliminary Registered Speakers (PRS) and a tentative title are useful for the theme coordinators as well as WLF5 secretariat for managing the sessions.

  2. 2)

    There is no abstract submission stage in WLF5 such as the one used in WLF4. Theme coordinators/WLF5 secretariat will communicate with PRS on his/her presentation contents directly.

  3. 3)

    All updated and detailed information of WLF5 will be sent to PRS directly.

  4. 4)

    PRS from developing countries who need financial support to participate in the WLF5 are notified to the WLF5 secretariat to plan for possible travel support.

  5. 5)

    The forum registration fee for the PRS will be reduced by 1000 JPY from the actual registration fee.

  6. 6)

    Exhibitors and sponsors may have specific request pertinent to the exhibition/sponsorship logistics. WLF5 secretary will consult with the Preliminary Registered Exhibitors/Sponsors (PRES) regarding those details.


Sponsors supporting participants from developing countries and young scientists are called through this announcement. Types of sponsorship will be 500,000 JPY; 300,000 JPY; 100,000 JPY; and more than one unit of 10,000 JPY. Benefits of sponsors and exhibitors include recognition, advertisements, and technical introduction in WLF5 webpage/full color books/Landslide Journal/booths and posters, and free non-speaker tickets.

Potential exhibitors and sponsors are requested to complete preliminary registration through the WLF5 webpage. The WLF5 secretariat will consult with the PRES regarding the details.

Kyoto 2020 Commitment (KC2020)

The concept of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment was approved by the 2017 Ljubljana Declaration (Sassa 2017b); the zero-draft of KC2020 was made during the 2017 ICL-IPL UNESCO Conference (Sassa 2018a). The zero-draft was continuously revised throughout 2018 to revise it to the final draft which was approved by 2018 ICL-IPL Kyoto Conference on 1–4 December 2018.

The International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) and the Global Promotion Committee of IPL (International Programme on Landslides) as well as the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015–2025 cordially invite a wide range of parties to join the initiative to launch this planned commitment at WLF5.

Invited parties are ICL members (ICL full members, ICL associates, and ICL supporters), ICL supporting organizations, partners of the Sendai Partnerships 2015–2025, and governments which support ICL members in their countries. New ICL members and new ICL supporting organizations are also called to join the KC2020.

We will send the invitation letter along with the document of KC2020 to potential partners from January 2019. We will invite agreed partners to the 2019 ICL-IPL UNESCO Conference on 16–19 September 2019. When potential parties will agree, the first group of partners will sign the KC2020 document. All partners are expected to finish signing it by 2 November 2020.

The KC2020 is a commitment to the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda, and the Paris Climate Agreement as well as the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015–2025 and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030. It will be expected to be established in the high-level panel discussion for the Kyoto 2020 Commitment on 3 November 2020 in the Kyoto International Conference Center (KICC). Panelists are expected from the wide range of landslide community including ICL members, United Nations organizations, governmental organizations, inter-governmental and international organizations, academia (universities and institutes), companies and other private sectors, and active young individuals working on landslide risk reduction, which shall effectively contribute to WLF5 and the further development of the KC2020.

The final draft of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment

Call for support to WLF5 2020 and Kyoto 2020 Commitment

In 2018, ICL has created the new category, News/Kyoto Commitment, in the monthly full color journal Landslides: Journal of the International Consortium on Landslides (Sassa 2018b, d). It is a newsletter and a common platform for the KC2020. All people working in the field of landslides can contribute their latest research results and technological developments in the categories of original papers including review papers, recent landslides, and technical notes including case studies. ICL distributes the hard copy/the digital copy to all KC2020 partners. We can share all information or our activities and the announcement of meetings, schools, and field investigation to a larger community.

The KC2020 is a living platform. The priority actions and participation of partners are reviewed and updated at each triennial World Landslide Forum. If it will be agreed, it will be updated and extended. On the other hand, if it will be agreed not to continue, it will be terminated at any forum. There is no pre-decided period for this activity.

ICL calls its three types of ICL members and ICL supporting organizations to participate as partners of the KC2020 and sponsors of WLF5 to support the participation of researchers/engineers/policy makers from developing countries. Potential sponsors are requested to fill the preliminary registration form of WLF5. The WLF5 secretariat will contact the potential sponsors directly;



The author extends his acknowledgement to all ICL members and ICL supporting members as well as other cooperating individuals for the organization of the WLF5. Thanks to those efforts, over 300 invited speakers have accepted to talk in the WLF5 in Kyoto, Japan. Those names, offices, and tentative titles of their talk are listed in the News/Kyoto Commitment in this issue. All coordinators of the WLF5 sessions and all accepted invited speakers are very much appreciated for the success of the WLF5.

Supplementary material


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IPL World Centre, ICLKyotoJapan

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