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International Recovery Platform

International recovery forum 2008

Capacity development for better recovery

The International Recovery Forum “Capacity Development for Better Recovery” was held on 24 January 2008 in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture. It was co-organized by the IRP Secretariat, JICA Hyogo Disaster Reduction Learning Center, UN/ISDR Hyogo Office, the ADRC, the Cabinet Office of Japan, and the Hyogo Prefectural Government. The forum attracted 130 attendees from 28 countries, and featured lively discussions of how to promote capacity development for better post-disaster recovery.


Opening Remarks

Mr. Naofumi Taguchi, Deputy Director General for Disaster Management, Cabinet Office of Japan

H.E. Mr. Ryuichiro Yamazaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Kansai Region

Mr. Toshizo Ido, Governor of Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Keynote speech

"Further Implementation of the HFA - expectation to Hyogo" (PDF, 343 KB)
Mr. Salvano Briceno, Director, UN/ISDR Secretariat

Reports on Regional Activities for Capacity Development and Recovery

Recovery and Capacity Development activities in Asian Region (PDF, 1MB)
Mr. Koji Suzuki, Executive Director, Asian Disaster Reduction Center

Training on Capacity Development for Better Recovery
Mr. Hideo Morikawa, Director General, JICA Hyogo/Director JICA Hyogo-DRLC (PDF, 1MB)
Mr. Satoru Mimura, Team Director, Disaster Management Team, Global Environmental Department, JICA (PDF, 802KB)

Disaster and Recovery activities in Caribbean Region (PDF, 325)
Mr. Jeremy Collymore, CEO, Coordinator, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)

Panel Discussion

Mr. Eiji Torisu
Director for Disaster Preparedness and International Cooperation,
Cabinet Office of Japan

Introductory Remarks
Mr. Miguel Bermeo
Deputy Director, UNDP/BCPR

Mr. Alfredo Lazarte
Director, ILO/CRISIS, International Programme on Crisis Response Prevention and Recovery

Mr. Jerry Velasquez
Senior Regional Coordinator, UN/ISDR Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific

Mr. Mikio Ishiwatari (PDF, 742KB)
Senior Advisor in Disaster Management, JICA

Mr. Yoko Saito
Researcher, Disaster Management Planning Hyogo Office, UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)

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Summary report

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