WHAT DOES SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ‘GETTING AHEAD OF DISASTERS’ CHARTER LOOK LIKE?
Getting Ahead of Disasters: A Charter on Finance for Managing Risks will be endorsed by many different types of national government and organizations.
Whilst it sets out a vision and direction of travel for the international community, it does not include specific commitments on how the principles contained within the Charter should be implemented. Implementation and change are vital for the Charter’s vision to be realized, but will look different for each entity and organization. Endorsing the Charter is the first step – states and other endorsers should then make commitments on how they will seek to implement the principles. This companion piece is not a formal part of the Charter text, but provides some examples of what those commitments could, should, and must include in order to secure better futures for all.
HOW DOES THE ‘GETTING AHEAD OF DISASTERS’ CHARTER ALIGN WITH EXISTING POLICY FRAMEWORKS?
Getting Ahead of Disasters: A Charter on Finance for Managing Risks highlights the urgent need for collaborative action to manage risks and protect people in the most vulnerable countries from climate-related disasters.
It stresses that climate-related hazards and their impacts are increasingly predictable, and there is an opportunity to get ahead of disasters by using finance to protect development gains and reduce humanitarian needs. To address these challenges, the Charter calls for better collaboration between the development, climate, peace, and humanitarian communities, as well as the public and private sectors, from the global to the local level.
The Charter emphasizes the need for coherent and coordinated finance across climate change adaptation, development, and disaster risk management, aiming to overcome silos and fragmentation. It highlights the importance of linking various forms of finance to enhance preparedness, response, recovery, and reconstruction efforts. At the same time, the Charter calls for substantial increases in the arrangement of finance in advance of disasters to ensure faster, more reliable, and better-targeted support.
This is all underpinned by a focus on the importance of early action to protect people from predictable hazards. The Charter rejects the inevitability of disasters and calls on actors to come together to ensure that warnings turn into action ahead of climate impacts.
The Charter calls for a comprehensive and coordinated effort to achieve these goals – not in isolation but in support of existing frameworks and initiatives that seek to address specific issues related to climate adaptation, long term resilience building and humanitarian needs.
Throughout the process of co-developing this Charter, there was a strong call to be explicit about both the linkages between it and other internationally agreed frameworks, as well clarity as to how the Charter not only complements them but builds on them – creating something that offers a focus on activities necessary for their success, sustainability and coherence with each other.
This Companion Piece focuses predominantly on internationally agreed frameworks and initiatives that States are party to, though it is recognized that these are not the only frameworks, initiatives and collaborative processes that the principles of the Charter are linked to and support.
ENDORSE THE CHARTER
This Charter sets out principles for collaborative action to ensure better use of finance to manage risks and protect people in the most vulnerable countries from climate-related disasters.