Voluntary Commitments for build back better 3 March

12 January 2015
Voluntary Commitment for Recovery
in Support of the Implementation of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
Recovery as an Opportunity to Achieve Sustainable Development
At the second World Reconstruction Conference, participants had initiated an in-depth discussion to explore
voluntary commitments for recovery in support to the implementation of the Post-2015 Framework for
Disaster Risk Reduction as per resolution of the United Nations General Assembly 68/211. While the
discussions resulted in identifying proposed commitments, this initial draft was further deliberated by Central
American Countries under the leadership of CEPREDENAC at the IRP-UNISDR-UNDP Workshop 11-12
November in El Salvador and at the sides of the Second Preparatory Committee Meeting, 17-18 November in
Geneva. It will be further deliberated in Geneva and during the Ministerial Roundtable on Reconstructing after
Disasters: Build Back Better at Third UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, 15 March 2015 in
Sendai. This initiative is coordinated by the International Recovery Platform and the GFDRR/WB.
Building greater financial resilience and predictability within government to manage and
respond to disaster triggered by natural hazards, and formalized strategic and resource
commitments towards recovery planning, implementation and performance management;
Promoting the institutionalization of post disaster assessments and national recovery
frameworks to enhance risk governance, ensure recovery readiness; strengthen coordination of
governments, civil society, multi-laterals and other, and; increase efficient and effective
recovery and reconstruction operations;
Strengthening capacity for recovery planning, implementation and monitoring at the national,
local, and community level, and establishing clear roles and responsibilities for all actors in a
recovery setting, including national and local governments, private sector, academia, and civil
society organizations;
Strengthening mechanisms for cooperation such as the International Recovery Platform (IRP)
with services in areas of recovery and reconstruction that include sharing lessons learned from
past disasters, good practices of Build Back Better, rosters of experts, capacity building , tools,
bi-lateral support between countries, progress monitoring; and standardized approaches for
post-disaster assessments and recovery planning frameworks;
Development of national and international policy standards for informing and guiding disaster
recovery strategies;
Maintaining an institutional continuum between preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation
and sustainable development measures.
Supporting Participants:
Australia, Bangladesh, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan,
Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Malawi, Mexico, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal, Nepal National Dalit,
Nicaragua, Panama, Philippines, Senegal, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, Yemen, Centro de Coordinación
para la Prevención de los Desastres Naturales en América Central (CEPREDENAC), United Nations
Development Program, Asia Dalit Rights Forum, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery/
the World Bank Group, Global Network for Disaster Reduction, Grameen Development Society,
InterAction, International Recovery Platform(IRP) , Social Welfare Organization, Organization of
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Islamic Cooperation,
Further comments should be sent to thorlund@recoveryplatform.org; jmercadante@worldbank.org