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Description/achievement of initiative

Today, natural and manmade disasters threaten lives and livelihoods, and hamper the resilience of communities. Urbanisation, population growth, food insecurity and climate change are creating new types of risks which require building resilience and emergency preparedness. We are committed to contributing to better manage these risks.

Specifically, we commit collectively to:
1.Prioritize system-wide early action when there is evidence that a major crisis is emerging,
2.Contribute to strengthening local resilience by supporting strategic and coordinated local capacity building programmes on emergency preparedness in all countries with Humanitarian Coordinators and other high risk countries

Implementation methodologies

We pledge to achieve these commitments in support of governments, local authorities, communities and first-responders who provide relief to people affected by crisis.

Collectively, we will pursue the above commitments through the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the primary mechanism for inter-agency coordination of humanitarian assistance. It is a unique forum involving United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, IOM, civil society NGOs and the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Specifically, we will strengthen system-wide early warning and early action towards mapping, collecting and integrating information from across the international system. In addition, we will work with development partners to ensure that humanitarian action planning and delivery is well integrated into longer-term sustainability goals to build stronger local and national resilience.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), InterAction, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN-Habitat, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), World Health Organization (WHO), UN System Influenza Coordination (UNSIC)
System-wide early action is prioritised and implemented when there is sufficient evidence that a major crisis is emerging or an existing crisis is worsening
Programmes on preparedness and early recovery for emergency response in place in all countries with Humanitarian Coordinators and in other relevant high risk countries
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
Other, please specify
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: Global
Date of completion: 2015-12-31
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Yukiko Yoshida,

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