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International Recovery Platform

International Recovery Forum 2018

Build Back Better in Urban Resilience

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Keynote Presentations

(1) Considering the Meaning of Build Back Better from the Experience of Catastrophe"

Prof. Takashi Onishi,  President, Toyohashi University of Technology, Emeritus Professor of University of Tokyo

Panel Discussion 1: What Does It Mean by "Build Back Better" for Urban Resilience?

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

(2) Mr. Raj Kumar Srivastava, Deputy Chief,Embassy of India, Tokyo

(3) Mr. Hans Guttman, Executive Director, Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)      

(4) Mr. Josef Leitmann, Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist The World Bank

(5) Mr. Atsushi Koresawa, Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, UN-HABITAT

Panel Discussion 2: Innovative approaches by learning from past experience and initiatives and How to measure success of "Build Back Better" in cities

(1) Mr. Chiri Babu Maharjan, Mayor, Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Nepal

(2) Mr. Huang Sanping, Vice Mayor, the People's Government of Tangshan Municipality, China

(3) Mr. Noboru Shimizu, Manager, Planning, Crisis Management Office, Kobe City Government

(4) Mr. Shahbaz Khan, Director of Jakarta Office & UNESCO Representative


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