Geneva Hosts Inaugural Global Conference on Disaster Recovery

Workers prepare materials for making transitional shelters in Haiti several months after the massive earthquake in the country. The World Reconstruction Conference will take place on May 10-13 in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by: Kendra Helmer / USAID

More than 2,000 representatives from global organizations, governments, civil society, the private sector and academia are convening this week in Geneva, Switzerland, to develop a global road map for more coordinated and better financed reconstruction following disasters.

The World Reconstruction Conference will take place May 10-13 and is organized by the the World Bank, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

“No country is immune, but it is poor countries who are most vulnerable and who find their development prospects set back years by disasters,” said Zoubida Allaoua, director of finance, economics and urban development at the World Bank. “If recovery is done right, it opens real opportunities for sustainable development.”

Countries that have been recently hit by natural disasters are expected to be represented at the gathering. They include Australia, Chile, China, Colombia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lesotho, Pakistan and Turkey.

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