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. The Working Groups are gaining traction with their work and participation from Forum Member governments and various partners.
- 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.
- PRP Monthly Webinar series started in August 2020 and has created ongoing knowledge sharing and learning on good examples and success stories, related to resilience building across the Pacific among climate change and disaster risk management practitioners. As of April 2021, there were eight webinars being facilitated through the PRP Support Unit and PRP partners.
- 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.
- Facilitated three virtual national workshops (Solomon Islands, Tonga and RMI) to test the draft Pacific Resilience Standards (PRS). The PRS have been developed to complement the FRDP. They will help to ensure the greater integrity, effectives, and sustainability of resilient development interventions by building on the 10 Guiding Principles and 3 Goals of the FRDP
- On 11 February 2021, the TWG on Human Mobility facilitated a Pacific Regional Consultation on Internal Displacement with the UNSG’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement. The Outcomes of the consultation will inform the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, an eight-member group established by the UN Secretary General to identify concrete recommendations to better prevent, respond and achieve solutions to internal displacement. 14 Pacific governments participated and 10 delivered national statements, including at the CEO/Secretary Level. An introductory message was also delivered by the Prime Ministry of Fiji.
- Planning is underway for the second Pacific Resilience Meeting (PRM) which is proposed to be held in early July 2021.
- Ongoing PRP monthly webinars for knowledge sharing and learning. Past webinars recordings, summaries and upcoming events can be found on 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, SPREP, and PRP Partners.