UNDP's Strategic Plan 2018-2021 sets out the direction for a new UNDP, optimized to help countries achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Plan describes how UNDP will better adapt to the range of country contexts in which we work, part of which is a series of signature solutions that define the core work of UNDP.
Building resilience to the impact of disasters and emergency situations (whether from socioeconomic or natural causes) requires efforts to minimize the drivers of risk ingrained within development processes and to strengthen human security. This signature solution will harness the UNDP developmental approach and expertise across the issues of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation and crisis response, to help countries avoid crises and return quickly to stable development after crises occur. Strengthening national capacities for disaster risk reduction to reduce exposure of people, assets and livelihoods to hazards will require integrated support to government and national stakeholders, working in partnership with humanitarian agencies and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Where countries are responding to humanitarian emergencies, this signature solution will assist with development and recovery choices that reduce vulnerability and contribute a development perspective to strengthen humanitarian and – where relevant – peacebuilding responses, in order to strengthen the continuum from relief to rehabilitation and development. Investing in new technologies, including those that help reduce emissions, will be critical for transitions to sustainable development.
This signature solution will support nationally-led needs assessments and stabilization, peacebuilding and recovery efforts, consistent with the principles enshrined in General Assembly resolution 46/182 of 19 December 1991 on strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian emergency assistance of the United Nations. Within UNDP, this signature solution will require greater collaboration across the conflict prevention, governance, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation areas of work, to provide countries with a more integrated and holistic approach to resilience while recognizing the need for tailored responses to natural disasters, humanitarian emergencies and other forms of shocks and crisis.