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The CADRI Partnership Joint Programme 2018-2023 is guided by the UN policy guidance to foster coherent approaches among agencies working on Resilience, New Way of Working, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN Reform agenda

The Secretary General’s report on Repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda  emphasizes the need for the UN system to “enhance its capacities on integrated policy advice, data collection and analysis; to be much more cohesive and integrated at the country level to expand the offer of “whole-of-system” expertise to countries. This will imply enhancing joint analysis, better harnessing internal knowledge and making existing data sets and sources more accessible. Resident Coordinators must be able to draw on the expertise and assets of the entire UN system. They should be capable of steering the substantive contribution of the system to the 2030 Agenda and leading UN Country/ Humanitarian Team on integrated analysis, planning and foresight processes to deliver results.”

“Capacity development remains the most critical function of the UN development system and must be given priority across all functions”. (See here)

In line with the UN Reform agenda, the Common Chapter to the Strategic Plans of UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN-Women highlight areas of convergence and joint action for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda including: Addressing climate change; and Ensuring   greater   availability   and   use   of   disaggregated   data for sustainable development.

The CADRI Partnership Business Model is meant to use UN System capabilities more efficiently and effectively by pooling expertise into one integrated offer of services.  Its Business model will incentivize the UN System to further integrate its capacities in policy advice, data collection and analysis with the view to expand the offer of “whole-of-system” expertise to countries. Finally, the CADRI Partnership enables UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN-Women to implement the Common chapter of their strategic plans on working together to support the implementation of the 2030 agenda, with a focus on Prevention, resilience, climate change: SDGs 1.5.1 and 11.5.1 and 13.1.1 and contribute to reduce the “numbers of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population”.

The UNGA Resolution (71/243) on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) of UN operational activities for development

UNGA Resolution (71/243) on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (December 2016) emphasizes the “need to work collaboratively to move beyond short-term assistance towards contributing to longer-term development gains, including by engaging, as appropriate, in joint risk analysis, needs assessments, practice response and a coherent multi-year timeframe, with the aim of reducing need, vulnerability and risk over time” (24 a).

Through its constituency, the CADRI Partnership aims to bridge the humanitarian – development divide by bringing together partners active in both realms and by applying an integrated approach to climate and disaster risk management that offer co-benefits to both short-term emergency management and humanitarian action planning, as well as to longer-term development planning.

The New Way of Working

The New Way of Working (NWOW) conceptualized at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 can be described, in short, as working over multiple years, based on the comparative advantage of humanitarian and development actors, including those outside the UN system, towards collective outcomes to reduce needs, risk, and vulnerability.

Conceptually, the NWOW is about improving SDG outcomes for people in situations of risk, vulnerability and crisis through developing a shared understanding of sustainability, vulnerability, and resilience; using resources and capabilities better; and galvanizing new partnerships and collaboration – such as through the private sector, local actors or Multilateral Development Banks.

The CADRI Partnership contributes to a shared understanding of sustainability, vulnerability, and resilience through bringing various stakeholders from government, civil society, bilateral and multilateral agencies around the identification of common priorities from the stand point of climate and disaster risk impact, including elements of conflict sensitivity. Drawing upon its broad constituency of UN and non-UN partners, and using a participative approach, the CADRI Partnership has the potential to attract and align new partners around collective outcomes.

Operationally, the NWOW is meant to be implemented through:

  • Pooled and combined data, analysis and information. The CADRI Partnership services aim to enhance integrated, multi-hazard and multi-sectoral country risk information systems that will in turn incentivize the integration of risk aspects in development and emergency/ humanitarian planning (Outcome 1).
  • Better joined up planning and programming processes. The CADRI Partnership aims to support country planning processes that are risk informed and responsive to the needs of the groups with vulnerabilities in development and emergency settings (outcome 2). The Partnership is also a vehicle to promote coherent and integrated risk informed development and humanitarian programming frameworks (Outcome 3).
  • Effective leadership for collective outcomes. The CADRI Partnership services are meant to strengthen the position of the UN system as a partner of choice for Governments.
  • Financing modalities to support collective outcomes. While the CADRI Partnership is not a funding mechanism, it provides referral services to support governments and UN mobilize funding, including from multilateral mechanisms such as EU DIPECHO, the Global Partnership for Preparedness, the Global Framework for Climate Services, the Climate Risk and Early Warning System (CREWS) alliance, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the WB Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).

The UN Resilience Framework

Aligned with the UNSG’s prevention agenda and the Sustaining Peace Resolutions, the UN Resilience Framework is being developed in 2018 to advance a harmonized understanding of the concepts of risk, prevention, and resilience among sustainable development, humanitarian, peace and security, and human rights actors.

It is meant to provide the UN System with a practical approach to resilience building, by identifying policy and practice gaps, and steps to achieve more coherence and convergence of interventions on the ground. It covers a broad range of thematic issues through a multi-hazard perspective, including climate security, climate change adaptation, health and humanitarian impacts, El-Nino impacts, disaster risk reduction, food and nutrition security, social protection and gender inequality, as well as issues related to conflict, fragility, peace and security.

The CADRI Partnership can be instrumental in its operationalization at country level. CADRI brings together UN agencies working on disaster and climate change risks. Its services are geared towards promoting a risk-informed approach to advance SDG implementation and the Agenda for Humanity in key sectors and across sectors. Its services are designed to address issues of conflict sensitivity, gender equity and localization of humanitarian action. Its practical step by step approach directly contributes to building a shared understanding of resilience from the standpoint of climate and disaster risk reduction across the agencies and to better integrated and coherent programming across thematic and sectoral areas.

The UN System Strategic Approach on Climate Change Action

The UN System Strategic Approach on Climate Change Action which identifies eight thematic impact areas for improved UN System collaboration and coherence in delivery of support on climate change to Member States .

The CADRI Partnership supports implementation of pillars 3 and 5 in terms of supporting integrated climate and disaster risk management information systems, pillar 4 in terms of compiling and disseminating knowledge on successful climate and disaster risk reduction practices, pillar 6 through referral services to financing mechanisms and technical assistance opportunities for both DRR and CCA, and pillar 8 by providing tailor-made training support to countries.

The UN Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience

The UN Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience (UN PoA) which is the guiding framework for the UN System to ensure that the implementation of the Sendai Framework contributes to a risk-informed and integrated approach to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. It addresses the need for coherence and mutual re-enforcement of the UN’s resilience building efforts, including through better integration of DRR and CCA, and it seeks to more effectively integrate UN emergency preparedness and response capacities into national emergency and capacity development arrangements.

The CADRI Partnership makes direct contributions to the implementation of the UN Plan of Action through supporting the design of risk informed UNDAF (PoA result 2.2), strengthening the capacity of the UNRC/HCs and UN Country/ Humanitarian Teams (PoA result 2.4), and enhancing system-wide capacity for DRR mainstreaming in sector (PoA result 2.5). CADRIplaces a strong emphasis on equipping the UN System to develop risk informed development and humanitarian programming frameworks (Outcome 3) through supporting the prioritization of DRR and CCA in UNDAF/ UNPAF, supporting UN Joint Programme development, and when relevant, access to financing for implementation of Joint Programmes (including submission to the Joint SDG Fund window).

The Strategic Approach to Capacity Development for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

The strategic approach is meant to provide Member States, and other stakeholders, with a common and comprehensive approach for developing the capabilities and competencies required to address DRR goals and increase resilience. It entails guidance for a six-step capacity development process and planning and programming advice according to areas of critical needs.

The CADRI Partnership Joint Programme is fully aligned with the key principles outlined in the Strategic Approach to Capacity Development for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The CADRI services directly support the recommended six-step process (step 1 Stakeholders engagement; step 2 Assessment of capacities; step 3 Planning and programming of capacity development; step 4 Partnership building; Step 5: Implementation and Step 6 Monitoring & Evaluation). The CADRI Partnership through the deployment of multi sectoral expertise from its member agencies and through triangular cooperation mechanism also contributes to some of the priority capacity development areas, including: enhancing risk information systems; supporting the design of risk informed development plans; providing referral services to mobilize technical assistance and financing; promoting high-level awareness and cross sectoral understanding of DRR; enhancing DRR preparedness and planning; and addressing the humanitarian-development nexus.

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