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March 18, 2015

An Integrated Approach for Building Resilience in Bangladesh
Promoting Collaboration between JICA and World Bank in the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNWCDRR) Sendai, Japan, March 14-18, 2015

JICA and World Bank have been supporting the Government of Bangladesh from 2011 to uphold the strengthening of urban resilience which has significantly contributed to building safer cities. Through the collaboration, JICA, World Bank and Global Facility of Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR) Tokyo Hub jointly organized a Public Forum in the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai on 14th March 2015, to show the policy intervention and operational actions upon the experience from the Rana Plaza incident[1], highlighting the actions from the Government of Bangladesh, JICA and World Bank. The Seminar called "Building Urban Resilience in Bangladesh: An Integrated Approach to Policy and Investment" emphasized on the lessons for build back better approach and further necessary actions for urban resilience in Bangladesh.

Renowned Expert Prof. Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor, University of Asia Pacific presented the key note while the State Minister of Ministry of Planning and Finance, Mr. M A Mannan gave the welcome speech. Mr. Hiroyuki Tomita, Senior Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office showed JICA's innovative initiative for Urban Building Safety. Number of professionals from different countries were participated and provided their valuable comments through the interactions among the panelists. Stakeholders from Government of Bangladesh such as Bank and Financial Institute Division of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Capital Development Authority, Dhaka City Corporation were on the panel discussion and responded the queries from the audiences.

The event ended with the vision to prepare Joint Statement on Urban Resilience in Bangladesh where Government of Bangladesh, Development Partners, International Organizations and civil society will work together in the same platform.

PhotoProf. Jamilur Reza Chowdhury presenting the Key Note.

PhotoCollaboration between Government of Bangladesh, JICA and World Bank


  • [1] Rana Plaza Incident: The collapse of the Rana Plaza Building in Savar, outskirt of Dhaka City on April 24, 2013 resulted in the death of 1,135 people and was the latest and most deadly in a series of structural failures in the city. Survey said that approximately 60% of the buildings in Dhaka are vulnerable and retain any collapse risk.


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