Global Preparedness Partnership: Update on 2017 Progress

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Background and Executive Summary:

The Global Preparedness Partnership (GPP) was initiated at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 by the V20 member states, UN agencies and the World Bank to address a long-standing problem of a piecemeal approach to preparedness funding and activity. 2 The GPP aims to provide coherence to preparedness efforts, and a predictable preparedness funding stream, where national governments are in the driver’s seat, with the full support of key multilateral partners.

The goal of the GPP is for countries to reach a level of preparedness so that most disaster events can be managed locally with reduced need for international assistance. It will initially support 15 countries to ensure that they attain a minimum level of preparedness by 2020, substantially meeting the call of the UN Secretary-General to enhance the emergency response capacity of the 20 highest risk countries by 2020. The GPP will be funded by a Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) as the main resourcing modality, which will be governed by a Steering Committee that is responsible for setting priorities and strategic direction of the partnership.

Inspired by the Sendai Framework’s Priority Four, the GPP is unique in that it aims to provide an ‘umbrella’ for national governments, providing a comprehensive service that links other global initiatives while working with a broad range of partners in an area of narrow focus – preparedness for disaster response and recovery. The GPP is aligned with, and supports the delivery of, the Agenda for Humanity, especially Core Responsibility Four: “Working differently to end need”, and Core Responsibility Five: “Invest in humanity”.

Twenty-five applications for GPP support were received in October 2017 and country level activities have started in six countries. Although the GPP is now operational, the MPTF remains unfunded and the success of the initiative will now depend entirely upon donors and their support.

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