Registration of Partnerships in the Context of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction
Partnerships to support the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action

Partners have been encouraged to launch and announce their partnerships and initiatives in the field of disaster risk reduction at the WCDR to support the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

In particular, the thematic sessions and the Public Forum at the WCDR provided important opportunities with various actors to share their views and activities each other to collaborate further for their concrete initiatives and partnerships.

Please see the list of launched/announced initiatives and partnerships in the context of the WCDR.

Please inform the ISDR secretariat ([email protected]) of your planed/on-going initiatives and partnerships to update this list.

On going partnerships are also encouraged to register the CSD Partnership database. Please see the section below.

 

Introduction

Partnerships in the context of WCDR can be described as specific commitments and initiatives by a number of institutions at different levels to contribute to, and reinforce the implementation of the disaster risk reduction goals and targets, building on existing or new partnerships in the field of disaster risk reduction. (See A/CONF.206/PC(II)/9) The ISDR Secretariat will encourage existing and potential new partnerships working in disaster management, vulnerability and other related areas to register their initiatives with the CSD, utilize the CSD partnerships database to share information and participate in the CSD partnership activities.

Partners who wish to launch a specific and new partnership in the field of disaster risk reduction are encouraged to inform the ISDR Secretariat, when they register such initiatives with the CSD Secretariat. The ISDR Secretariat will, in turn, closely coordinate with the CSD Secretariat in promotion, dissemination, support and follow-up of new partnerships working in these areas.

Registration in the CSD Partnership

In order to facilitate the work of the ISDR Secretariat in fulfilling its role as mentioned above, it is requested that partners wishing to register the CSD Partnership ensure the following at the time of registration:

  1. Be reminded that registration is an ongoing process and there is no deadline.
  2. Go through the criteria and guidelines for the CSD Partnership (Annex I) before completing the CSD registration form.
  3. Fill out the CSD Partnership Registration Form, which is available on the CSD website at http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/partnerships/partnerships_registration.htm.
  4. Mention “ – WCDR follow up” in the column ‘Name of your partnership’ after typing your own partnership name. This will facilitate the identification of your specific partnership as the WCDR follow up and implementation of the WCDR programme outcome. (Annex II, sample registration form)
  5. When you fill out the form, you are required to put “1” (primary focus) and “2” as your focus/theme, in the table of the CSD multi-year programme as your coverage. Please choose “Disaster management and vulnerability” as a focus/theme either by putting “1” or “2”. (Annex II, sample registration form)
  6. Upon completion of the form, do not forget to send it by e-mail to: [email protected] AND copy to [email protected].

Please contact the ISDR Secretariat: [email protected], should you have any questions.

Please see the registered partnerships in the CSD database under the Disaster Management and Vulnerability


Annex I

Criteria and guidelines for partnerships in the context of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (extracted from decisions at the eleventh session of the Commission on Sustainable Development )

  • Recalls that the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation designated the Commission on Sustainable Development to serve as the focal point for discussion on partnerships that promote sustainable development and reiterates that partnerships, as voluntary multi-stakeholder initiatives, contribute to the implementation of inter-governmental commitments in Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. They are a complement to, but not intended to substitute for, these commitments.
  • Stresses that partnerships in the context of the WSSD process and its follow up should be developed and implemented in accordance with the following criteria and guidelines; in this regard, taking note of the preliminary work undertaken on partnerships during the preparatory process for WSSD, including the Bali Guiding Principles, and General Assembly resolution A/RES/56/76:

    (a) Partnerships are voluntary initiatives undertaken by governments and relevant stakeholders, e.g. major groups and institutional stakeholders;

    (b) Partnerships should contribute to the implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, and should not divert from commitments contained in those agreements;

    (c) Partnerships are not intended to substitute commitments made by Governments but to supplement the implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation;

    (d) Partnerships should have concrete value addition to the implementation process and should be new - that is not merely reflect existing arrangements;

    (e) Partnerships should bear in mind the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in their design and implementation;

    (f) Partnerships should be based on predictable and sustained resources for their implementation, include mobilising new resources and, where relevant, result in transfer of technology to, and capacity building in, developing countries;

    (g) It is desirable that partnerships have a sectoral and geographical balance;

    (h) Partnerships should be designed and implemented in a transparent and accountable manner. In this regard, they should exchange relevant information with Governments and other relevant stakeholders;

    (i) Partnerships should be publicly announced with the intention of sharing the specific contribution that they make to the implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation;

    (j) Partnerships should be consistent with national laws, national strategies for the implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, as well as the priorities of countries where their implementation takes place;

    (k) The leading partner of a partnership initiative should inform the national focal point for sustainable development of the involved country/countries about the initiation and progress of the partnership, and all partners should bear in mind the guidance provided by Governments; and

    (l) The involvement of international institutions and United Nations funds, programmes and agencies in partnerships should conform to the inter-governmentally agreed mandates and should not lead to the diversion to partnerships of resources otherwise allocated for their mandated programmes.

  • Decides that providing information and reporting by partnerships registered with the Commission should be transparent, participatory and credible taking into account the following elements:

    (a) Registration of partnerships should be voluntary and be based on written reporting to the Commission, taking into account the provisions above. Reporting by partnerships should focus on their contribution to the implementation of goals, objectives and targets of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation;

    (b) Partnerships should submit a regular report, preferably at least on a biennial basis;

    (c) The Secretariat is requested to make information available on partnerships, including their reports, through a database accessible to all interested parties, including through the Commission website and other means;

    (d) The Secretariat is requested to produce a summary report containing synthesized information on partnerships for consideration by the Commission in accordance with its programme and organization of work, noting the particular relevance of such reports in the review year;

    (e) The Commission, during the review year, should discuss the contribution of partnerships towards supporting implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation with a view to sharing lessons learned and best practice, to identifying and addressing problems, gaps and constraints, and providing further guidance, including on reporting, during the policy year as necessary.

  • Calls for activities aimed at strengthening partnerships in the context of the WSSD process and its follow up and facilitating new ones, including through initiatives such as partnerships fairs and learning centres, mindful of the importance of sharing information on existing activities particularly across the United Nations system.


Annex II Sample Form

 

 


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