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Hotel Okura Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

International Recovery Forum 2020: Building Back Better through Resilient Infrastructure

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
IRP Forum 2020 Group Photo
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Event Description

Infrastructure is a keystone of everyday life, supporting systems and services that drive health care, education, energy, transportation, telecommunication, water and sanitation, and economic activity. However, infrastructure is increasingly under frequent threat of disruption, functional and structural failure with the rising incidence and intensity of natural and man-made hazards. The damaging effects of disasters on critical infrastructure can significantly impact the welfare of households and communities, the function of key services and the economy.

Infrastructure recovery is a linchpin for disaster recovery, underpinning recovery efforts across virtually all other sectors. Perhaps more than any other sector, infrastructure recovery represents an opportunity to invest in resilience and risk reduction by building back better. It is essential that infrastructure is planned, designed, and constructed to be resilient, and that existing infrastructure is adequately maintained and improved.

The International Recovery Forum 2020 will draw upon the insights and experiences of governments, private sector, and international organizations to discuss common and emerging challenges and solutions for infrastructure recovery. The Forum will feature distinguished keynote speakers and two panel discussions. The first panel focuses on preparedness for infrastructure recovery, and harnessing the opportunity to invest in resilient infrastructure before disaster strikes. The second panel will explore past and ongoing recovery initiatives to build resilient infrastructure to withstand future disasters.


Date and Time: 

28 January 2020    9:30-16:30 JST



Hotel Okura Kobe, Hyogo, Japan


Report on the Forum:

IRP Herald Volume 30


IRP Forum 2020 Photos: 

IRF20 Photos on Flickr



Keynote Session


(1) Mr. MUROSAKI Yoshiteru, Dean, Graduate School of Disaster Resilience and Governance, University of Hyogo (Slides | Video)


(2) Mr. Kamal KISHORE, Member, National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India (Slides | Video)

Panel Discussion 1: Enabling Recovery Readiness with Resilient Infrastructure


Moderator and Opening Remarks: Mr. Jared MERCADANTE, Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank (Slides | Video)


(1) Ms. Camille CRAIN, Section Chief, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, Federal Emergency Management Agency, USA (Slides | Video)


(2) Mr. TAKAISHI Masaya, Counsellor, National Resilience Promotion Office, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan (Slides | Video)


(3) Mr. Brendan MOON, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Government of Queensland, Australia (Slides | Video)


(4) Mr. TADA Shinya, Director, Technology Planning Division (DRR and Nankai Trough Technology Planning), Hyogo Prefectural Government (Slides | Video)


Panel Discussion 2: Resilient Infrastructure Recovery and Building Back Better


(1) Ms. Nadia ADRIÃO, Senior Coordinator, Post-Cyclone Reconstruction Cabinet (GREPOC), Government of Mozambique (Slides | Video)


(2) Mr. OCHI Kengo, Counsellor, Construction of Infrastructure Section, Reconstruction Agency, Government of Japan (Slides | Video)


(3) Mr. Abdul Malik SADAT IDRIS, Director, Institutional for Water Resources Infrastructure, National Development Planning Ministry, Government of Indonesia (Slides | Video)


(4) Mr. Davut ŞAHIN, Group Leader, Department for Recovery, Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), Government of Turkey (Slides | Video)


(5) Mr. KAWASE, Nobuyuki, Managing Executive Officer and General Manager,Toyo Construction Company, Ltd (Slides | Video)




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