Can better infrastructure build resilience?

Meeting or Conference
Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the (GFDRR)
13 Oct 2017
United States of America (Washington DC)
Preston Auditorium, World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H St

From severe flooding in South Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in the Caribbean and violent earthquakes in Mexico, to heavy rain and landslides in Sierra Leone – recent disasters have left a trail of devastation across the globe. With more infrastructure likely to be built in the next 20 years than the last two millennia, leaders from the private sector and policy makers will gather for a high level dialogue on the International Day for Disaster Reduction to explore how we can make these investments more resilient, especially for the vulnerable populations. Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group, will deliver a keynote address.

This event is hosted by the Global Facility for Disaster Recovery and Reduction (GFDRR), and is part of the ongoing Resilience Dialogue series, which promotes awareness and action for building resilience.


  • Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group

  • Koichi Hasegawa, Senior Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA

  • Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

  • Aris Papadopoulos, former CEO of Titan America and author of Resilience: The Ultimate Sustainability

  • Kamal Kishore, Member, National Disaster Management Authority, India

  • Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group (Moderator)

Group photo

A brief photo opportunity will be available at 11:00am 

For media inquiries please contact

Shaela Rahman, Senior Operations Officer, GFDRR


Phone: (202) 458-0283

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