Voluntary commitment

Voluntary commitment on recovery and reconstruction


1. Promoting the institutionalization, through legislation and other means, of national recovery strategies and plans as a policy imperative to risk governance to ensure recovery readiness and enhanced resilience and to mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into post-disaster recovery and reconstruction;
2. Integrating appropriate recovery indicators into the post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction that governments and stakeholders can use to monitor progress of implementation and achievement of recovery goals;
3. Provision for sufficient financial reserves and resources within government to manage and respond to disasters triggered by natural hazards, and formalized strategic and resource commitments towards recovery planning, implementation and performance management; promoting more dependable and predictable international financial mechanisms for financing recovery;
4. Strengthening mechanisms for cooperation with services in areas of recovery and reconstruction that include standardized approaches for post-disaster needs assessments and recovery planning frameworks, and other support services such as sharing of information, data bases and rosters of experts, best practices, capacity building, tools, bi-lateral, regional and multilateral
“Changing the Paradigm:
Disaster Recovery as a means to Sustainable Development”
support to countries, and progress monitoring;
5. Strengthening capacity for recovery planning, implementation, and monitoring at the regional and all levels of government, and establishing clear roles and responsibilities for all actors in a recovery setting.


A. Short and medium term
 Conduct capacity building and Training of Trainer (ToT) on recovery planning/framework in disaster prone countries and local governments
 Compile, update, and disseminate best practices through the existing platforms and mechanisms
 Disseminate indicators, tools, and technical guidelines widely amongst nations via networks and capacity building events (translate tools for local use)
B. Long term
 Recovery plans/programs and integrated risk reduction are aligned with national development plans
 Legislative reforms pursued – regulations, legislation, standard operating procedures relating to recovery and reconstruction


A. Short and mid-terms
 Increased local and national governments’ and other relevant actors capacity on recovery planning
 Updated compilation of best practices and disseminated in existing platforms
 Tools and guidelines are translated, and are available for use by local and national governments
B. Long term
 Policies and legislation on recovery passed and adopted – improved regulations, legislation, and standard operating procedures to reflect the principle of build back better/smarter
 Appropriate ministries or agencies of the government play a key role in the recovery process and for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into development policy. All public investment projects to involve risk assessment and mitigation measures.

Means of verification

A. Short and mid-terms
 Number of training events conducted, and reported on websites
 Best practices published and translated
 Tools and guidelines translated and made available at local and national levels of government and other relevant actors
 Number of countries that have applied recovery planning concepts
 Number of recovery strategies formulated based on comprehensive socio-economic analysis
 Number of comprehensive recovery strategies implemented
B. Long term
 Legislation, Regulation/Standard Operations Procedures amended
 Joint activities between key ministries/agencies and DRR focal point
 Check list for DRR for all public investment projects
 Centers of Excellence operational


The short term activities are done within the framework of 1-2 years, while the mid-term and long term activities are for 1-3 years and 3-5 years, respectively.


Project description:

Contact Person

Ms Ana Christina
Knowledge Management Officer, UNISDR (IRP)


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