April 26, 2017
On 26 April 2017, supported by JICA Nepal, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) jointly organized a seminar to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of Gorkha Earthquake - "From Post-Earthquake Reconstruction to Disaster Risk Reduction: Lessons Learned in Mainstreaming Build Back Better (BBB) in the Recovery and Reconstruction Efforts in Nepal". Over 200 people representing government institutions, donor agencies, civil society, academia and media, participated in the event.
The seminar highlighted progress and achievements in the last two years including JICA's contribution in diverse areas of recovery and reconstruction work based on the principle of BBB. At the same time, it offered an opportunity for acknowledging the challenges and teasing out important lessons learned which would help accelerate the progress in the coming years.
At this 2-year juncture, JICA also expressed its strong commitment to play a leading role in assisting Nepal in the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) area including its ongoing efforts to operationalize the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) in Nepal. JICA emphasized the unique contributions Japan could make to enhance DRR resilience by taking advantage of its first-hand experiences as an earthquake prone country.
Session 1: Rebuilding Nepal – Voices of Earthquake Victims Chair: Dr. Govind Pokharel, Chief Executive Officer, NRA
Session 2: Weaving BBB Principle into Reconstruction and Recovery Chair: Mr. Rudra Singh Tamang, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD)
Session 3: From Recovery to DRR Strengthening Chair: Mr. Khomraj Koirala, Joint Secretary, National Planning Commission
From left to right: Mr. Kimio Takeya, Distinguished Technical Advisor to the President, JICA Dr. Govind Pokharel, Chief Executive Officer, National Reconstruction Authority, Nepal Mr. Krishna Bahadur Raut, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Nepal Mr. Jun Sakuma, Chief Representative, JICA Nepal Office H.E. Mr. Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal