A year has passed since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal last April, killing nearly 9,000 people, displacing 3 million others, and damaging 1 million homes and buildings, including several UNESCO World Heritage sites. How is the nation faring, one year later? With a new constitution, albeit a contested one; a new prime minister; and the launch of an ambitious reconstruction plan — from earthquake-resistant buildings to improving its disaster preparedness — is Nepal now better positioned to "build back better", as relief officials have urged? What are the critical gaps that still need to be closed to help Nepal rebuild its damaged infrastructure and shattered economy? What can Nepal learn from other countries’ disaster management and rebuilding process? Please Asia Society to discuss these important issues facing the future of Nepal.
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Kul Chandra Gautam is the former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and is the author of Lost in Transition, Rebuilding Nepal from the Maoist Mayhem and Mega Earthquake (book will be available for purchase). Currently, he serves on the boards of several international and national organizations, charitable foundations, and public-private partnerships. A citizen of Nepal, currently Gautam informally advises his country’s senior political and civil society leadership on the peace process, consolidation of democracy, human rights, and socio-economic development. Previously, he served as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal on International Affairs and the Peace Process.
Jo Scheuer is Director of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. Scheuer leads UNDP’s post-disaster recovery efforts with an aim to seize the recovery effort as a strategic opportunity to Build Back Better. This includes policy engagement in support of international agreements and processes, as well as programmatic support to UNDP Country Offices to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris agreement.
Sanjeev Sherchan (moderator) is executive director of Asia Society’s Global Initiatives Group, which seeks to integrate the Society’s multidisciplinary work across its various departments, Center initiatives, and projects, to present globally impactful programs. He began his career at the Asia Society in 2000 with a specific concentration on South Asia programming. Before returning to the U.S. for graduate studies in 1998, Sanjeev worked for PLAN International-Makwanpur in Nepal. He has been an occasional commentator on news and television programs on Nepal.
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