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Hotel Okura Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

International Recovery Forum 2019: Attaining the Build Back Better Dividend

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
IRF2019 Group Photo
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Event Description

‘Build Back Better’ has been increasingly embraced as a strategy in recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction. There are many benefits to doing so, including reduction of future losses; improved standards, practices, and technologies; economic stimulus; and progress in other dimensions of development. Yet, critical questions remain for decision makers, including how these benefits can be realized, who should benefit, and how to ensure no one is left behind.

The International Recovery Forum 2019 will draw upon the insights and experiences of governments, the private sector, and international and civil society organizations in addressing these questions. The Forum will feature distinguished keynote speakers and two panel discussions to achieve these outcomes. The first panel will focus on strategic questions to guide how governments and communities build back better and achieve the greatest possible benefits. The second panel will focus on inclusive approaches to Building Back Better – to improve participation, access, and assistance to vulnerable groups and attain more equitable sharing of the benefits of Build Back Better.

The Forum 2019 intends to achieve these objectives:

  1. Define the actual benefits of building back better
  2. Discuss strategies to leave no one behind
  3. Share best practices



Date and Time: 

18 January 2019   09:30-16:00



Hotel Okura Kobe, Hyogo, Japan


Report on the Forum:

IRP Herald Volume 26


IRP Forum 2019 Photos: 

IRF19 Photos on Flickr




Keynote Session

(1) Mr. Haruo Hayashi,President, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience  (Slides)


(2) Report on World Disaster Trends, Ms. Rita Missal, Policy Specialist, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  (Slides)


Panel Discussion 1: Strategies to Realise the Build Back Better Dividend


Moderator and Opening Remarks: Mr. Josef Leitmann, Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), The World Bank Group  (Slides)


(1) Ms. Sandra Nedeljkovic, Deputy Director, Public Investment Management Office, Government of Serbia  (Slides)


(2) Ms. Setsuko Saya, Co-Chair, IRP Steering Committee Director, International Cooperation Division, Disaster Management Bureau, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan  (Slides)


(3) Mr. Miki Yoshida, Deputy General Manager, Urban Solutions Development Social Innovation Business Division, Hitachi, Ltd.  (Slides)


(4) Mr. Shankar Gopalan Nair, Chief Executive Officer, Habitat Technology (India)  (Slides)


(5) Mr. Nobuyuki Kurita, Chairperson, Japan Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (JVOAD)  (Slides)


Panel Discussion 2: Ensuring an Inclusive Dividend in Recovery


(1) Mr. Gombojav Ariunbuyan, First Deputy Chief, National Emergency Management Agency, Government of Mongolia  (Slides)


(2) Ms. Sandra Schilen, Executive Director, Huairou Commission  (Slides)


(3) Mr. Suprayoga Hadi, Primary Planner, National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Government of Indonesia  (Slides)


(4) Mr. Shigeo Tatsuki, Professor, Doshisha University  (Slides)


(5) Ms. Kumiko Fujiwara, Executive Director and Peer Counselor, Independent Living Center, Kobe Be Suketto  (Slides)


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