Established in 2005 at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan, the IRP is a network of UN agencies, governments and financial institutions which provides strategic guidance on post-disaster recovery. It plays a key role in identifying recovery gaps and constraints, as well as developing tools and resources to help countries achieve resilient recovery.
The IRP has been a key pillar in implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action, the global plan on disaster risk reduction, and will be critical to the roll-out of the new post-2015 framework –to be adopted at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan later this week.
"2015 will be an exciting year. Recovery and reconstruction are top priorities as we move towards building more resilient communities," noted UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo, adding that: "We look forward to supporting the International Recovery Platform in helping countries to "build back better" and be more resilient to shock and stresses such as cyclones, floods and earthquakes."
The IRP Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing and providing strategic guidance to the IRP Secretariat, and currently consists of representatives from 17 organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank.
UNOPS is a self-financing UN organization, dedicated to supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. With a core mandate in infrastructure, UNOPS has an important role to play in supporting resilient development and reconstruction efforts both before and after shocks and stresses.