Action date

06/06/2018

Background

The Committee had considered 'Risk, prevention and resilience' at three consecutive sessions, culminating in the presentation of a proposed analytical framework on risk and resilience for approval (see annex III). The proposal had already been agreed in principle by Committee and its guidance had been incrementally reflected in the interim products that had preceded the final draft proposal. A supplementary document demonstrating the practical applicability of the analytical framework was provided as reference.

 

Discussion

WFP introduced the analytical framework and reference document, noting that the initiative had aimed to promote a more proactive and coherent approach to efforts, across United Nations pillars, to anticipate and address threats and vulnerabilities which could set back the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The analytical framework was based on three elements: (a) Systems thinking to identify and understand the complex interlinkages among risks and other sustainable development issues at multiple levels; (b) The risk and resilience equation to identify different efforts and expertise to reduce risk and increase resilience in a given context; (c) A prevention lens to ensure a proactive approach. The accompanying case studies supported the conclusion that applying the framework could contribute to improved United Nations system performance and better outcomes.

Action

The Committee approved the analytical framework on risk and resilience contained in annex III, subject to the incorporation of final comments made during the discussion, for onward submission to CEB for endorsement. The Committee requested WFP to continue to play a lead role in promoting its utilization, in cooperation with relevant mechanisms/actors.