Consulting on a Global Capacity Development Strategy and the Sendai Framework

ICAE is part of the consultation process on the  key elements of a Global Capacity Development Strategy to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan to reduce disaster losses adopted in March 2015 (http://www.unisdr.org/files/resolutions/N1516716.pdf).

The Sendai Framework is closely linked to the SDGs through cross-references as well as common indicators on disaster-risk related goals and targets. In addition, as for the SDGs, countries are required to regularly report back on their progress in implementing the Sendai Framework to the High-Level Political Forum. To date, 148 countries have appointed focal points to coordinate reporting.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is hosting the biennial Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which brings together Governments and stakeholders to take stock on the implementation of the Sendai Framework, including in support of the reports to the HLPF. The Global Platform also offers a platform for information and experience exchange and partnership building. The Global Capacity Development Strategy will be finalized and presented at the next Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in May 2019 in Geneva. Please see further information here: https://www.unisdr.org/we/coordinate/global-platform

ICAE, as Organizing Partner of MGoS Education and Academic Stakeholder Group, was invited to discuss and engage in the implementation of the Sendai Framework as well as opportunities for closer collaboration with UNISDR, with key focus on ensuring coherence between the Sendai Framework, 2030 Agenda and Paris Climate Agreement. In this regard, ICAE attended a consultation meeting on 20-21 February 2018 at the UNISDR premises in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose of this preliminary meeting was to discuss the Stakeholder engagement in the preparations and roll-out of the Global Platform 2019 and the new UNISDR Partnership Strategy and related opportunities for engagement.

Another two-day consultation in March in Geneva, where ICAE was also present, discussed the establishment of a “Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity Building Marketplace” where Member States, organizations and other stakeholders will make known their capacity building needs, and choose between different capacity building service providers.  

Participants in the Geneva meetings included representatives of Member States, Inter-Governmental Organizations involved in capacity development for disaster risk reduction, UN agencies, the Capacity Development for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI), science and technology groups, academia, private sector and other stakeholder groups who reviewed a  zero draft developed after a first round of consultations with Member States after the last Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico.

Member States have identified the need for technical support in building the capacity of institutions to implement the Sendai Framework at the national and local level and tasked the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction to bring coherence to the capacity development services provided by a variety of actors, including United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, state-led and private sector stakeholders.

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