International Recovery Forum 2015: 20th Commemoration of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake - Sending the Message of Building Back Better from Hyogo, Japan

Location:
Kobe
Japan
IRF2015 Group Photo
Organizer(s)
International Recovery Platform
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Japan
Asian Disaster Reduction Center
Cabinet Office (Japan)
Hyogo Prefectural Government
Venue

Hotel Okura

Event Description

A series of commemorative events on disaster risk reduction (DRR) is planned in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan for January 2015. Among these: the 20th commemoration of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake; the 10th year of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA); and the 10th year of establishment of the International Recovery Platform (IRP). These forthcoming commemorative events are the embodiments of significant lessons that changed the DRR paradigm in Japan and throughout the world. The forthcoming events are expected to recognize the lessons from the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji earthquake, specifically how it provided insights in organizing response and recovery efforts from mega-disasters, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2005 Earthquake in Pakistan, 2006 Yogyakarta Earthquake, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, and 2013 super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The Forum will further explore how the lessons from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake can be effectively disseminated, analyzed, and applied to situations with similar challenges. The outcomes of the Forum will include recommended strategies and actions of implementing the recovery component of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which will be further discussed at the forthcoming World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), March 14-18, 2015 in Sendai.

Objectives

1. Taking stock of the gains from the initiatives spearheaded by Hyogo Prefectural Government in partnership with the Government of Japan and the International Recovery Platform

2. Sharing of experiences from mega disaster-impacted countries indicating how the lessons from the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake have further contributed to their respective DRR efforts

3. Bridging the learnings of Hyogo Prefectural Government from hosting the 2nd World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) to Sendai City Government which will host the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)
 

Expected Outcomes

1. Strategic recommendations on how the lessons from the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake can be further analyzed, disseminated, and applied to nations and communities worldwide

2. Inputs to the implementation of the recovery component of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

 

 

Date and Time: 

16 January 2015  9:30-17:30 JST

 

Location:

Hotel Okura Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

 

Report on the Forum:

IRP Herald Volume 8

 

 

Program

Opening Remarks

1. Opening:  Mr. Jo Scheuer, Director Bureau for Public Policy and Support (BPPS), UNDP, New York (Chair, IRP Steering Committee)  (Video)
 

Session 1: National and Regional Engagement in Recovery Planning and Recovery Frameworks

(1) Ms. Elizabeth A. Zimmerman Associate Administrator, O­ce of Response & Recovery (ORR), FEMA, USA  (Slides | Video)
 

(2) Dr. Md. Akram H. Chowdhury, Executive Chairperson, Institute of Strategic Recovery Studies for Disaster Resilience & Research (ISRSDRR), Bangladesh  (Slides | Video)
 

(3) Ms. Mayra Valle Torres, Coordinator Training and Education, Coordination Centre for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC)  (Slides | Video)


Session 2: Economic Impact of Recovery

(1) Prof. Toshihisa Toyoda, Professor Emeritus of Kobe University  (Slides)

 

Session 3: Messages from Tohoku Region on the 20th Commemoration of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

1. Messages from Tohoku Region:  Prof. Yuichi Ono, Tohoku University  (Video)

 

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