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International Recovery Forum 2016: Sending the Message of Build Back Better from Hyogo, Japan

Organizer(s) International Recovery Platform Cabinet Office (Japan) Hyogo Prefectural Government Asian Disaster Reduction Center United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Kobe Office United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
IRF2016 Group Photo
In person

Hotel Okura Kobe, Hyogo


Event Description

IRP’s International Recovery Forum 2016” intends to reflect the guidance from the Sendai Framework on how to ‘Build Back Better’ and explore strategies and action for localization at the national and community levels. The discussions will revolve around the following areas: Experiences in ‘Build Back Better’; Development Continuity Planning; and Messages on ‘Build Back Better’.


The IRP Forum shares knowledge and information on strategies and experience where risk-informed development and development continuity planning have not only minimized the impacts of disaster events but also led to quicker recovery times and effective reconstruction through ‘Build Back Better’ - a recovery process leading to a more resilient development path. The Forum is expected to achieve the following objectives:

  • Explore knowledge and understanding of ‘build back better’ in recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction” through sharing of country experiences
  • Spread emerging ideas and initiatives on development continuity planning
  • Determine messages and trends from countries and partners on build back better
  • based on their experiences


Date and Time: 

26 January 2016  9:45-17:30



Hotel Okura Kobe, Hyogo, Japan


Report on the Forum:

IRP Herald Volume 14


IRP Forum 2016 Photos: 

IRF16 Photos on Flickr



Keynote Speech and Panel Discussion: Experiences in localizing "build back better in recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction"

1. Ms. Elizabeth A. Zimmerman, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S.A.  (Slides)

2. Mr. Romeo F.Fajardo, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Department of National Defense, Philippines  (Slides)

3. Mr. Md. Akram H. Chowdhury, Build Back Better Foundation (BBBF), Bangladesh
    Mr. Shohel Ahamed Director, Build Back Better Foundation (BBBF) Bangladesh  (Slides)

Introductory Presentation: "The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030: Priority Four and Build Back Better in Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction"

Mr. Neil McFarlane, the United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)  (Slides)

Session: Development Continuity Planning

(1) Mr. Yoshiaki Kawata, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI)  (Slides)

(2) Mr. Joe Leitmann, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank  (Slides)

(3) Mayra Valle Torres, Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC)  (Slides)

(4) Ms. Chikako Takase, United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)  (Slides)

Round Table Messages on Build Back Better from the Globe and Other IRP Partners

(1) Ms. Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, Manila Observatory, Philippines  (Slides)

(2) Mr. Hiroaki Maruya, Tohoku University  (Slides)

(3) Mr. Jo Scheuer, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

(4) Mr. Stern Kita, Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoMA), Malawi  (Slides)


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