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The 2021 UN Plan of Action Progress Report presents the summary of progress concerning the three Commitments of the UN Plan of Action, based on the Results Framework, as reported by UN organizations for the year 2021.

The UN Plan of Action is a vital tool to maximize the collective impact of UN System action in support of countries to strengthen disaster and climate risk-informed development and humanitarian planning and investment to leave no one behind.

The 2021 Progress Report showcases that the UN system has demonstrated growing accountability towards the UN Plan of Action and its Results Framework in 2021, advancing disaster risk reduction and resilience building.

The key findings of the progress report helped shape the 2022 UN Senior Leadership Group recommendations that aim to accelerate the UN Plan of Action implementation while maximizing impact at national and local levels.

According to the report’s Executive summary:

Disaster risks are growing at an unprecedented rate globally, inflicting damage across sectors and vital systems for human societies and economies. In addition, we live outside the boundaries of what our planet can sustain, to the detriment of future generations.

Radical shifts are needed to change course toward a more sustainable and risk-informed pathway, as the world is facing a projected 40 per cent increase in disasters during the lifetime of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai Framework). Within these circumstances, partnerships at all levels, in the spirit of the all-of-society approach of the Sendai Framework, will be essential to building resilience.

The quality of support provided by the United Nations (UN) system is ever more critical to assist the UN Member States in their efforts to preserve hard-won development gains while accelerating progress to attain the goals of the 2030 Agenda and the Sendai Framework.

The UN Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience: Towards a Risk informed and Integrated Approach to Sustainable Development (UN Plan of Action), as a contribution of the UN system to the implementation of the Sendai Framework, is a pivotal tool to maximize the collective impact of UN organizations.

As the Sendai Framework approaches the midpoint of its implementation, the Midterm Review, mandated by the General Assembly, is a further decisive opportunity to galvanize action.

The involvement and deliberation of the UN System are indispensable to this process. They should provide reflections on learning since 2015, emerging issues, and recommendations for potential policy adjustments and new modalities of implementation for 2030 and beyond.

Disaster risks are increasing at an unprecedented rate and causing damage to all sectors and all systems in societies and economies.

Commitment 1: Strengthen system-wide coherence in support of the Sendai Framework and other agreements through a risk-informed and integrated approach.

Commitment 2: Build UN system capacity to deliver coordinated, high-quality support to countries on disaster risk reduction.

Commitment 3: Ensure disaster risk reduction remains a strategic priority for UN Partners

The Progress Report highlights the following priority areas of action, where further engagement is recommended to advance the implementation of the UN Plan of Action in support of the 2030 Agenda:

  • Strengthened humanitarian-development-peace collaboration
  • Reinforcing support targeted at the sub-national/ local level, in particular by advancing the local implementation of risk-informed UN system policies as well as enhanced assistance in risk-informing local development and disaster risk reduction strategies/plans
  • Sustained support to risk-inform Common Country Analyses and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks
  • Accelerate efforts related to multi-hazard early-warning systems (MHEWS), especially in reaching the last mile with actionable and accessible information
  • Continue embracing gender equality, women’s empowerment, and leadership in disaster risk reduction.
  • Leveraging the Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework to accelerate action in respect of (i) data availability; (ii) UN system-wide coherence; (iii) global leadership for Disaster Risk Reduction; (iv) enhancing governance beyond the national level; (v) truly all-of-society approach; (vi) strengthening MHEWS.

To read the full report, click the link below.

2021 Progress report on the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on disaster risk reduction for resilience

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