World Reconstruction Conference 3

The third edition of the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3) took place in Brussels from June 6-8, 2017. Co-organized by the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the conference sought to promote resilience through post-crisis recovery. WRC3 was held in conjunction with European Development Days 2017.

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Overview

Venue:
Square: Brussels Meeting Centre, Brussels, Belgium, June 6-8, 2017

Goal: To identify effective and forward-looking approaches to achieve resilient post-crisis recovery in which climate and disaster risk reduction, fragility and conflict considerations are mainstreamed.

Objectives:

  • Strengthen the discourse on recovery by focusing on demand for better recovery systems ex-ante
  • Promote practices leading to resilient recovery and enhance global knowledge resources
  • Build capacity for disaster risk reduction in recovery and reconstruction

Despite ongoing and expanding efforts to minimize hazard impacts through disaster risk reduction, the recovery function following disasters is increasingly recognized as a relevant and necessary area of focus. As climate change, urbanization and migration accelerate, the need for resilient recovery is expected to continue on an upward trajectory. For instance, from 2012 to 2014, 994 disasters impacted more than 326 million people across the globe.1 Costs of physical damage caused by these events are also rising -- from an estimated US$20 billion on average per year in the 1990s to about US$100 billion per year in the first decade of this century.2

The 2015 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction includes as Priority 4 a focus on “build back better in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction,”3 which reflects the strong advocacy efforts undertaken by the World Bank Group (WBG), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), European Union (EU) and other partners. Build Back Better (BBB) provides an important premise for engagement of all national governments, UN system and multilateral agencies to implement recovery in a transformative manner that reduces risks and builds resilience in an increasingly complex world of multiple and colliding risks.

With this in mind, the third edition of the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3) aims to promote resilience through post-crisis recovery, as evidenced by the Sendai Framework’s Priority 4. Co-organized by the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the conference builds on the success of the first two WRCs held in 2011 in Geneva and 2014 in Washington. WRC3 is held in conjunction with European Development Days 2017.

Participants: Over 500 experts and practitioners from governments, international organizations, NGOs, academia, and the private sector are expected to share their best practices and lessons on recovery and explore the nexus between resilient recovery efforts and sustainable poverty reduction.

Thematic Areas: Recovery interventions; Recovery in conflict and fragile situations; Recovery preparedness; Leveraging political consensus on Sendai Priority 4.

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1 Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED). 2014. Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2013: The numbers and trends. Institute of Health and Society (IRSS) Université Catholique de Louvain – Brussels, Belgium.

2 Natural Disasters: Mitigating Impact, Managing Risks, IMF (2012).

3 Build Back Better: The use of the recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction phases after a disaster to increase the resilience of nations and communities through integrating disaster risk reduction measures into the restoration of physical infrastructure and societal systems, and into the revitalisation of livelihoods, economies, and the environment.

Preliminary Agenda

TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017|The Square, Brussels Meeting Centre

8:00–9:00 REGISTRATION
Registration Hall

BREAKFAST
Copper Foyer and Hall 100
9:00-10:30 OPENING CEREMONY: Promoting Resilience through Post-Crisis Recovery
Copper Hall
10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
Breakfast at Copper Foyer and Hall 100
11:00-12:30 Special Session: An Update from 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Room 211
Lessons and Ways Forward after a Decade of Experience with PDNAs


Copper Hall
Better Risk Financing Analytics for Better Recovery Financing


Room 212
Linking Humanitarian Response and Recovery: Advancing the New Way of Working

Room 213
Building Regulations and Standards for Long-term Resilience


Room 214
Livelihood Recovery and Social Protection


Room 215
12:30-14:00 LUNCH
Hall 400 & Panoramic Hall
14:00-15:30 PLENARY: Efforts on Post-Disaster Recovery
Copper Hall
15:30-16:00 COFFEE BREAK
Copper Foyer and Hall 100
16:00-17:30 Special Session: Post-Earthquake Recovery in Nepal


Copper Hall
From Urban Reconstruction towards Resilient Cities


Room 211
Innovation in Remote Post-Crisis Assessments and Recovery Monitoring

Room 212
Environment in Recovery, Focus on Waste Management


Room 213
Enhancing Climate and Disaster Resilience in the Context of Build Back Better

Room 214
 
18:00- 20:00 RECEPTION
Bozar Art Gallery

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017|The Square, Brussels Meeting Centre

8:00–9:00 BREAKFAST
Copper Foyer and Hall 100
9:00-10:30 PLENARY: Rethinking Reconstruction and Recovery in Conflict Settings
Copper Hall
10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
Copper Foyer and Hall 100
11:00-12:30 Build Back Better with and for Women


Room 211
Private Sector as a Key Partner in Preparedness, Response and Recovery


Room 211
Towards Coordinated Efforts for Sustainable Solutions to Food Crises: The Role of teh Global Report on Food Crises 2017


Room 212
Development Solutions for Human Mobility in Situations of Fragility


Room 213
Conflict Sensitivity in Recovery


Room 214
Civil Protection as a Pillar for Disaster Resilience


Room 215
12:30-14:00 LUNCH
Hall 400 and Panoramic Hall
14:00-15:30 PLENARY: Preparing and Planning for Recovery - Strengthening Institutions and Capacities
Copper Hall
15:30-16:00 COFFEE BREAK
Copper Foyer and Hall 100
16:00-17:30 Policies and Institutional Arrangements for Recovery



Copper Hall
Cultural Heritage Reconstruction - an Engine for Social Recovery


Room 211
Large Scale Housing Reconstruction - Latest Experiences


Room 212

Recovery in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations


Room 213

Engaging Local Stakeholders for Resilient Recovery





Room 214

Somalia - Drought Recovery as an Opportunity for Resilience Building



Room 215

 THURSDAYJUNE 8, 2017|Tour & Taxi, Brussels

7:00–8:30 Transportation to the European Development Days (EDD 2017) Venue, Registration and Breakfast
Meeting in front of The Square, Brussels Meeting Center
9:30-10:15 EDD 2017 Lab Debate: What Can We Do to Make Recovery Resilient?
Conference Room D4
14:30-16:00 CLOSING CEREMONY (Auditorium 3): Leveraging Political Consensus on Promoting Resilience through Post-Crisis Recovery
Auditorium 3