Global Preparedness Partnership: Update on Progress since the World Humanitarian Summit
The Global Preparedness Partnership (GPP) was initiated at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in 2016 by the Vulnerable Twenty Group (V20), United Nations agencies and the World Bank to address a longstanding 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 United Nations 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 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 Priority Four of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), 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”.
The core partner organizations and the V20 Member States are fully committed to the GPP. The success of the initiative will now depend upon donors and their support. Donor states need to understand the potential that the GPP has in enabling partners to align objectives and resources, agree on preparedness interventions, and develop synergies to achieve more than they would individually and to provide a coherent approach to national readiness. A coherent and coordinated preparedness approach with all key actors on board will ultimately save lives and livelihoods. As well as saving time and money by preparing for humanitarian action, past development gains can be protected by preparing for response and recovery and planning for the transition between them.