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International Recovery Platform

IRP Side Event at 6th AMCDRR

Investing in Recovery for Resilience

Side Event Report

On occasion of the Sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (6AMCDRR), a biennial conference in Asia to ensure political and stakeholder’s commitment towards disaster risk reduction implementation, the International Recovery Platform (IRP) organized a side event and put up a booth to further advocate recovery as an opportunity to build resilience.

The IRP side event “Investing in Recovery for Resilience: Articulating Recovery in HFA2” was organized on June 24, 2014 at Lotus 4, Bangkok Convention Center at Centara Grand. Following the opening and special remarks by Mr. Kaoru Saito, Director of Cabinet Office, Japan, with panelists coming from diverse backgrounds, the case for recovery in building resilience was discussed. The discussions noted that in the context where many governments struggle to deliver effective recovery because they are not ready for disasters, investing in recovery can be an opportunity to build better and safer, and hence, should be adequately integrated in HFA2.

One of the key questions was: Why investing in recovery is crucial in building resilience? Experiences from Makati City (Philippines), SAARC Disaster Management Center (SDMC), Development Bank of Japan (DBJ), and International Recovery Platform (IRP) were highlighted to draw insights. The moderator Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury (Member of Parliament Bangladesh) also raised the broad question: What will be the critical recommendations to adequately articulate recovery in HFA2?
In response to the questions, the speakers offered insights to facilitate adequate articulation of recovery in HFA2.
“The recovery component in HFA2 should also adequately articulate quantitative, clear-cut, and easy-to understand targets. Additionally, recovery should be more structured, action-oriented, and with clear indicators to monitor progress.” – Mr. Kaoru Saito, Director Disaster Preparedness Public Relations and International Cooperation Division, Cabinet Office Government of Japan
“SAARC experienced few trans-boundary disasters, and this calls for trans-boundary recovery initiatives. In view of this, it is important to develop regional mechanism which seamlessly be integrated into national priorities with recovery framework addressing funding gaps.” – Prof. Santosh Kumar, Director SAARC Disaster Management Center (SDMC)
“In the Philippines, the political dynamics between national and local governments affect recovery efforts, as in the case of super typhoon Haiyan. Learning from this, the government recognized the importance of developing clear policies, standards, guidelines and protocols to guide recovery.” – Atty. Violeta Seva, Senior Advisor to the Mayor, Makati City, Philippines
“In Japan, engaging private sector in recovery can provide insights why public and private collaboration is important. The Development Bank of Japan, through the Tohoku Alliance program, works closely with the government in recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.” – Mr. Tadao Hasue, Deputy General Manager Development Bank of Japan
“Recovery needs further advocacy at the policy and legislative levels to outline clear roles of government departments and units in implementing recovery programs.” – Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Member of Parliament Bangladesh
After putting together the inputs from speakers and audience, the side event came up with the following key recommendations:
Institutionalizing recovery functions in national and local governance systems
Ensuring financial predictability for recovery programs and activities
Strengthening coordination of recovery actors as well as considering the trans-boundary nature of recovery
Recognizing human security as an essential foundation for effective recovery
Developing concrete and measurable indicators to monitor progress of implementation and achievement of recovery goals
The IRP Secretariat, represented by Ms. Ana Cristina Thorlund, suggested that the future role of IRP may consider acting as a global mechanism for cooperation in the areas of recovery, providing technical support on recovery for subnational governments, contributing to achieve Sustainable Development Goals, and ensuring seamless integration of recovery in with development plans.
The following conclusions were reached at the end of the session. Firstly, recovery should be adequately articulated in HFA2 so that governments can have general guidance in implementing recovery programs. Secondly, recovery (seen as an opportunity to build back better) must also be aligned with the sustainable development goals. Finally, recovery needs further advocacy at the policy and legislative levels to outline clear measures for monitoring progress as well clear roles of government departments and units in implementing recovery programs.
The event was concluded successfully with the closing remarks by Mr. Kiyoshi Natori, Executive Director of ADRC.




1.Gaps in HFA Articulation of Resilient Recovery and the Makati Recovery Framework: Makati city, Philippines

2.  Disaster Recovery: Towards Rebuilding Better Future: SAARC Disaster Management Center

3. DBJ Initiatives for Tohoku's Region-Wide Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake: Development Bank of Japan Inc.

4. Overview of Recovery in the Hyogo Framework for Action: IRP



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