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Annual Report 2014

Annual Report

This 2014 annual report is a mid-term report on the UNISDR 2014-2015 Biennium Work Program.

It provides an update on UNISDR's five programmes: International Cooperation to Reduce Disaster Risk; Risk Informed Public Policy and Investment; Urban Risk Reduction and Resilience; Risk Sensitive Business Investment; and Climate Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction.

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2014 Contributions

Funding of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

For the biennium 2014-2015, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction set a resource target of $70 million to fulfil its work, with a possibility of an increase to up to $80 million. In November 2014, the Office issued a funding update reflecting global requirements for the biennium 2014-2015 of $80 million, which included the organization of regional platforms for disaster risk reduction and, chiefly, of the World Conference, including its preparatory process.

In the past 10 years, voluntary contributions to the Office more than quadrupled, and the number of donors grew from 19 to 28. Against a backdrop of global economic crisis and shrinking aid budgets, that increase is indicative of the importance of the work of the Office. In order to secure more predictability, stability and timeliness in funding, 11 multi-year agreements were signed during the biennium 2014-2015. Work has also continued to secure increases in unearmarked funding, where possible on a multi-year basis. Following the adoption of the Sendai Framework and the need to kick-start its implementation, efforts to raise the required funds in voluntary contributions continue.

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Among all UN Member States and observers, political and financial support for disaster risk reduction initiatives is raised through the ISDR Support Group. This process ensures that information is shared between UNISDR and all UN Member States in the field of disaster risk reduction. The Support Group for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction was established in 2005 to follow-up on the process of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction held in Kobe.

Funding of the Strategy Secretariat

For the biennium 2014-2015, the Strategy secretariat set a resource target of $70million to fulfil its work. In the 2013, income totaled $62.2million, a 15% increase over the previous biennium and a 96% achievement of the 2012-2013 biennial target of $64.9million. Contributions were received from a total of 27 donors. These results are indicative of increased donor confidence in the strategic direction and results achieved by the secretariat against a backdrop of global economic crisis and shrinking aid budgets. The Strategy secretariat is also working to broaden its donor base: in the biennium 2012-2013 it received funding from 34 partners, including from seven private sector partners.

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