The Committee, at its thirtieth session, had approved the way forward proposed by its Senior Management Group on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience, in which the Group had recommended the revision of the United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience in order to align it with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, adopted in March 2015, which specifically called upon the United Nations system to support its implementation in a coordinated manner and to ensure a strategic and programmatic linkage with the 2030 Agenda and other recently agreed international frameworks, most notably the Paris Agreement.
Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction introduced the revised Plan of Action. The revised Plan of Action included 11 results relating to the following three commitments: (a) to enhance coherence within the United Nations system with respect to incorporating risk into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda; (b) to build the capacity of the United Nations system at the country level to deliver high-quality, coordinated support on disaster risk reduction; and (c) to maintain disaster risk reduction as a high strategic priority within the entities of the United Nations system. In terms of monitoring and reviewing progress in the implementation of the revised Plan of Action, a “light-touch” arrangement was proposed. A group consisting of key stakeholders at the Assistant Secretary-General level would be convened annually by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction to oversee strategic and policy aspects of the operationalization of the Plan of Action, review progress and address gaps and ensure linkages and coherence with other processes relating to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Mr. Glasser also informed the Committee that the Plan of Action would be brought to the attention of the United Nations Development Group in order to encourage its inclusion in its relevant workstreams and for broad dissemination among resident coordinators and regional teams. In the ensuing discussion, the Committee expressed broad support for the revised Plan of Action. Members agreed that disaster risk reduction and management were at the core of sustainable development and indispensable for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Echoing the overarching objectives of the draft Plan of Action, they underscored the importance of risk-informed decision-making in maximizing resilience and ensuring the sustainability of development investments. The importance of integrating a risk perspective into development was also reflected in the common approach of the United Nations Development Group for effective and coherent support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, such as the mainstreaming, acceleration and policy support strategy.
In summarizing the discussion, the Chair noted strong support for the revised Plan of Action, which would serve as an “insurance policy” for the Sustainable Development Goals and as guidance for the entities of the United Nations system in incorporating disaster risk reduction into all aspects of their work. He underscored the importance of baselines and milestones for measuring the progress made in that regard and noted the Committee’s appreciation of the role of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in coordinating the efforts of the United Nations system on disaster risk reduction, as well as in monitoring the progress made in implementing the revised Plan of Action.
The Committee concluded the following: (a) The Committee approved the draft of the revised United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience for endorsement by CEB at its first regular session of 2016. The Committee also requested the United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction to prepare an introductory note, summarizing key substantive points from the discussion, to accompany the Plan of Action; (b) With the successful delivery of that concluding task, the Committee completed the term and mandate of its Senior Management Group on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience.