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International Recovery Platform

International Recovery Forum 2021

Building Back Better from Compound Disasters: Practical Cases and Lessons for Recovery from Natural Hazards and COVID-19

The COVID-19 global health crisis has undoubtedly impacted many aspects of society and the economy. The unprecedented socioeconomic impacts that it has caused have undermined development progress and threatened the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Simultaneously, countries are confronted by the challenges of managing compound risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and natural hazards. The International Recovery Forum 2021 will feature discussions on lessons for governance, planning, financing, and other key areas which can be applied to the COVID-19 recovery. Building on the IRP COVID-19 Recovery Policy Brief, panellists will consider the unique challenges and opportunities for recovery and building back better from the pandemic and compound disasters.

The online Forum 2021 will have two panel discussions that aim to achieve these objectives:

  1. Examine priorities and opportunities to build back better, greener, and more resilient from COVID-19 and compound disasters

    The first panel will discuss strategies for building back better, greener, and more resilient from the COVID-19 pandemic and natural hazards. Discussions will include consideration for institutional, financial, and implementation support for launching a green and resilient recovery while balancing immediate recovery needs and goals with priorities for longer-term resilience. Speakers will reflect on lessons from recent and past recovery experiences that can inform priorities and opportunities to build back better.

  2. Assess social and economic impacts and identify early lessons learned for sustainable recovery from pandemics and compound disasters

    The second panel will delve into cases and early lessons learned for recovery from disasters in countries most affected by the pandemic and natural hazards. It will provide insights from assessing social and economic impacts, as well as planning and financing a sustainable recovery. It will address key issues for vulnerable groups, and consider measures for managing compound risks from the pandemic and natural hazards.

Concept Note and Provisional Agenda:  English (as of 25 Dec 2020)

Conference Programme: English, Japanese

Flyer and Registration:  English Japanese


Keynote Session

(1) Mr. KAWATA Yoshiaki Executive Director of the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI)
(Slides | Video pending)
(2) Mr. Stéphane Hallegatte, Lead Economist,with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), World Bank
(Slides | Video pending)

Panel Discussion 1: Building Back Better, Greener, and More Resilientin the Context of a Pandemic

(1) Ms. María Alejandra MUÑOZ SEMINARIO, Vice President, Government of the Republic of Ecuador
(Video pending)
(2) Ms. Bambi Kraus, National Tribal Affairs Advisor, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Government of the USA
(Slides, Video pending)
(3) Mr. Vijay PADMANABHAN, Director, Urban Infrastructure, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (Slides | Video pending)
(4) Mr. Joy Elamon, Director General, Kerala Institute of Local Administration
(Slides | Video pending)

Panel Discussion 2: Practical Cases and Lessons for Sustainable Recovery from the Impacts of Compound Disasters

(1) Mr.Malcolm Dalesa, PDNA and Recovery Strategy Coordinator, Department of Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Vanuatu
(Slides | Video pending)
(2) Mr. Ronald Jackson, Head, Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery for Building Resilience Team, United Nations Development Programme
(Slides | Video pending)
(3) Mr. Mark Joven, Undersecretary, Department of Finance, Government of the Philippines
(Slides | Video pending)
(4) Ms. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General, Asia-Pacific, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
(Slides | Video pending)