FRDP & Pacific Resilience Partnership
The Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific or FRDP was approved by Pacific leaders at their meeting in September 2016. The FRDP is the overarching regional framework for climate change and disaster risk management, providing high level voluntary strategic guidance to different stakeholder groups.
It aims to guide and promote coordinated and integrated priorities and approaches for regional, national and community levels that embed risk considerations into sustainable development which ultimately leads to development outcomes that are resilient to climate change and disaster risks.
In endorsing the FRDP, Leaders through the Pohnpei Statement: Strengthening Pacific Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk, called on all development partners, the private sector and civil society to join with Pacific Islands Countries and Territories to support the principles and the implementation of this statement through high-level participation in a new Pacific Resilience Partnership.
The establishment of the inclusive multi-stakeholder Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP) to complement the FRDP, reflects concerted efforts to facilitate and increase capacity for a multi-actor response to climate change and disaster risk.
In September 2017, Pacific Leaders approved a set of governance arrangements, on a trial basis for a period of two years, for the Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP). In 2019, Leaders further extended the trial period for another year subject to a review on the PRP governance arrangements effectiveness and efficiency with a report back to Leaders in 2020.
The Pacific Resilience Partnership governance arrangements is made up of:
- Support Unit
- Technical Working Groups
- Biennial Pacific Resilience Meeting
The PRP Support Unit is a collaborative partnership between PIFS, SPREP and SPC (with the co-opted support from other stakeholders when required) who work collectively to support the efficient and effective functioning of the different elements of the PRP governance arrangements. This includes the Taskforce, the Pacific Resilience Meeting (PRM) and the Technical Working Groups (TWGs). The establishment of the Taskforce in 2018 to synchronize guidance and advice to Leaders, and successfully implement resilient development activities, was a significant step in operationalising the PRP governance arrangements.
The ethos of the PRP, manifested through the PRP Taskforce, is the principle of equal representation of civil society and the private sector alongside government, regional agencies and international and other key partners. The Taskforce comprises of 28 established Members and Alternates.
Some of the progress made to date with regards to the collaborative work through the PRP and partners includes but not limited to:
- Establishment of Technical Working Groups (TWGs). Currently there are five TWGs which includes Human Mobility, Information, Knowledge and Management, Disaster Risk Finance, Risk Governance & Localization. The TWG also serve as an expert group or think tank for the specific issues that they are currently addressing and with some countries facing multiple threats through COVID 19 and TC Harold, provide a platform for stakeholders to work as a collective to support national responses. Their diversity in membership is a further testament to the concerted efforts of the Taskforce and Support Unit to facilitate and enable an inclusive multi-actor commitment and engagement to improve resilience building actions.
- Successful convening of the biennial Pacific Resilience Meeting (PRM). The inaugural biennial (PRM) convened in Suva in May 2019 was a further test of the PRP – in action. It was convened under the theme ‘Youth Futures in a Resilient Pacific’. The uniqueness of the PRM was its highly inclusive, shared leadership approach from the planning to delivery stage.
- Review of the efficiency and effectiveness of the PRP and greater alignment of the FRDP to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The review was completed in early June 2020 with the findings that the FRDP is not inconsistent with the Paris Agreement and the PRP poses opportunities for greater coordination and collaboration and that it has already demonstrated positive achievements in this context.
- The ongoing advocacy of the FRDP and PRP at the national and regional level. An online advocacy for the implementation of the FRDP and for the broadening of its attendant implementation mechanism, the Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP), across all Pacific island countries and territories is being progressed at the national level.
- FRDP Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Framework: In addition to the PRP mandate of coordinating and facilitating partnerships, it will also assist with measuring progress and facilitation of monitoring and evaluation for the FRDP. This was further reaffirmed through the 2019 Leaders Communique which directed the PRP Taskforce to finalize the M&E Framework by end of 2021 with a progress update in 2020.
- Advocacy of the FRDP and PRP at the national and regional level: An online advocacy for the implementation of the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP) and for the broadening of its attendant implementation mechanism, the Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP), across all Pacific island countries and territories is being progressed at the national level. Kiribati as the representative for Micronesia on the PRP Taskforce was the first country to start this series in 2020 with the objective of replicating across all other countries. The advocacy was conducted with the key stakeholders of government, private sector and civil society.
- Engagement of the Youth- one of the outcomes of the PRM held in 2019 was the setup of a PRP Youth Hub led by the Pacific Youth Council. Due to COVID19 restriction, a Youth Hub regional consultation was held virtually in 2020 with participation of over 50 youth from across the region. The objective of the meeting was to get feedback from the youth on how they see their representation on the PRP Taskforce and how they can make it effective for them.
- Ongoing PRP Webinar series which started in August 2020 to create ongoing knowledge sharing and learning among climate change and disaster risk management practitioners. For the past webinars recordings, summaries and upcoming events, please visit the PRP website.
Supported by DFAT, World Bank Pacific Resilience Program (PREP), the EU Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) Project, SPC/USAID Institutional Strengthening to Adapt to Climate Change (ISACC) Projects, SPREP, and PRP Partners.