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International Recovery Platform

The Fourth Edition of the World Reconstruction Conference was held in Geneva on May 13-14, 2019 in conjunction with the Sixth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and gathered more than 1000 participants from national and local governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, and international organizations from around the world.

The conference was jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the European Commission. WRC4 addressed the theme of "Inclusion for Resilient Recovery" and shared experiences on different dimensions of social inclusion in recovery processes, with a view to advance the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

Inclusion ensures the full and meaningful participation and leadership of all groups and individuals in pre- and post-disaster phases. It also promotes equality of rights and opportunities for all in the face of risk and responds to the diverse characteristics, capacities and vulnerabilities of all. An inclusive approach leads to social cohesion and builds resilience of communities exposed to disasters. The conference noted that impressive development gains have been made over the last few decades. However, hundreds of millions of people have been excluded from human development, innovation, economic growth, or globalization benefits. Adverse natural events, including climate-related events, undermine development gains and contribute to increased vulnerability and exclusion with average annual welfare losses of over US$500 billion and up to 26 million people pushed into poverty each year.