World Reconstruction Conference High Level Policy Panel: Responding to Natural Disasters – A Long Ignored Development Challenge

  • Date & Time: Wednesday 11 May (09:00 - 10:45)
  • Room: 2
  • Interpretation: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish


Major public interventions for reconstruction and recovery often follow after disasters, diverting scarce resources originally intended for development programmes. It is vital therefore, to rebuild and recover in a manner that is sustainable, contributing towards the development agendas and programmes of disaster-affected countries. When there is a lack of institutional capacity, coherent planning and coordination among stakeholders, the chance for development is lost, funds are wasted, and the affected population is left additionally burdened. This phenomenon can be observed across the globe – from reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina, haphazard recovery efforts after the earthquake in Haiti, and the lack of preventative measures after the numerous floods that occur every year in sub-Saharan Africa. The World Reconstruction Conference High-Level Policy Panel will address pressing issues of disaster recovery and reconstruction. The Panel is comprised of a prominent group of policy makers from government, multilateral and bilateral organizations, civil society and academia. This interactive session will centre on the following pressing issues:
Recovery and Reconstruction: Have we learned the lessons of the past?
Ensuring communities receive commitments and promises
Prevention Pays...but why are we not Investing?
Recommendations going forward


Mr. Tim Sebastian, Chairman of the Doha Debates (MODERATOR)
Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (CHAIR OF THE GLOBAL PLATFORM)


Ms. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director, World Bank and Former Finance Minister of Indonesia
Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Response
Mr. Ludger Arnoldussen, Member of Board, Munich Re
Mr. Mitiku Kassa, State Minister for Disaster Management Sector, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ethiopia
Lt. General Nadeem Ahmad, Former Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan
Mr. Marcus Oxley, Chairman, Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction, United Kingdom

Last updated: 19 October 2020