It is a joint initiative of United Nations organizations, international financial institutions, national and local governments, and non-governmental organizations engaged in disaster recovery, and seeking to transform disasters into opportunities for sustainable development. 

IRP supports progress against Priority 4 of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

IRP works to advance the field of resilient recovery and build-back-better through three principal areas of work:

  • Convening a broad range of senior policymakers and practitioners to exchange experiences and facilitate discussion on opportunities and challenges in resilient recovery and building back better at the annual International Recovery Forum.
  • Enabling closer cooperation between development partners, international and regional organizations, and governments for disaster risk reduction and promoting and building capacity to achieve build-back-better outcomes. 
  • Sharing knowledge, experiences, and lessons through its publications and its website.


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UNDRR Kobe Office
The Kobe Office in Japan works closely with the Japanese Government and other institutions that have extensive experience and expertise in disaster risk reduction (DRR) to support other partners around the world to reduce disaster risk and build resilience.

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