Helen Clark: Statement on behalf of UNDP at the Plenary Session of The World Humanitarian Summit

May 24, 2016

The scale of today’s humanitarian crises demands coherent responses from the international community, including from the United Nations. 

Agenda 2030 calls on the world to ‘leave no one behind’.  It can be a common frame of reference for both development and humanitarian work, and for building peaceful and inclusive societies.  To achieve these objectives, humanitarians, development actors, and peacebuilders need to work together better.

This Summit provides a critical opportunity to achieve consensus around this approach.

What is our offer?

UNDP fully supports the work of humanitarian colleagues. UNDP’s strengths lie in complementary work which acts to reduce future needs for humanitarian support. We contribute to disaster preparedness, risk reduction and prevention; and to ongoing support for human development during times of protracted crisis and recovery from crisis. We also contribute to crisis prevention through the medium and long term work to advance inclusive and sustainable development.

In partnership with others, UNDP is committed to:

•    Pursuing more integrated and innovative approaches to analysis, planning, and programming across humanitarian, development and peacebuilding operations; for example by:
o     supporting the development of a Global Risk Platform which brings together data analysis and actions related to risks and, allows for more careful and systematic monitoring of risks;

•    Advocating for multi-year and flexible funding of humanitarian, peacebuilding and development actions in crisis contexts. 

We will:
-    support new partnerships with multi-lateral development banks and the private sector. The recently agreed UN, World Bank, and Islamic Development Bank partnership for the Middle East and North Africa seeks to bring coherence to humanitarian and development financing during protracted crises.  
-    commit to stronger partnerships with CSOs and NGOs to increase the amount of funding going to local and national actors as first responders.

•    Reasserting the critical importance of prevention and preparedness. 
o    In partnership with the Vulnerable Twenty grouping of nations, donors and other partners, we will back the Global Preparedness Partnership, which aims for more predictable response and recovery support for the most vulnerable countries. 
o    We will work with partners, including the insurance industry and the World Bank Group, to extend the use of insurance-related facilities to protect vulnerable populations, companies and public institutions against risks and shocks.

•    Investing in local and national systems and capacities –strengthening local services, and empowering local communities caught up in crisis will strengthen resilience and ensure that support given is responsive and relevant to community needs. 
o    UNDP will step up its investments in strengthening core governance functions and service delivery for crisis response. We commit to doing whatever we can to restore and strengthen livelihoods for those caught up in crises. 


To honour the 2030 Agenda’s commitment to ‘leave no one behind’, major efforts must be made to work more effectively across the humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding spheres. The “Commitment to Action” signed by UNDP and six other agencies, and endorsed by the World Bank, is our pledge to operationalize this new way of working. This Summit provides the opportunity for us all to act.

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