GRP’s Fourth Partners Meeting

Author: Ida Gabrielsson

Posted on 20 April 2018

GRP Partners Meeting Report, 20 to 21 March 2018

Summary of Actions

The fourth GRP Partnership meeting was held in The Hague, the Netherlands on 20 and 21 March. The purpose of the meeting was to present and put GRP’s new strategy into action by taking forward specific activities to help advance resilience (Full objectives and Agenda are given in Appendix I).

The meeting was well attended with over 40 participants from more than 20 different public, private and civil society organizations (Appendix II). The focus of the meeting was an Agenda for Action. Each participant shared their respective organization’s activities in resilience and identified key actions that could be implemented together under the Partnership. These are summarised below and more detail is given in the note of the meeting (Appendix III).

The meeting began with a discussion about the draft GRP strategy and governance arrangements (Appendix IV). Four steps were agreed to further build the partnership:

  • Organisations to provide any further comments to the strategy by 6th The GRP secretariat will then use these and previous comments to produce a final version to share by May.
  • To establish an interim advisory council until one is formally selected at the next partnership meeting. Organisations are to send nominations to secretariat by 30 April.
  • For the Secretariat to send out official invitations to organisations to become partners, and to post details of how to become a partner to the GRP web site by 15 April.
  • To develop and take forward the priorities and actions identified during the meeting and use these to develop GRP’s implementation plans. Actions identified during the meeting are given in Appendix V and highlighted below. These will be ongoing throughout the year.

Advancing policy and action on resilience at international and regional levels:

  • Map global resilience processes (including: Sendai process; Paris COP NDC; and, SDGs) to identify collective strategic interventions for GRP partners.
  • GRP secretariat to develop an underlying theory of change behind attending events, update calendar of events and post this on the website.
  • GRP partners to coordinate attendance and work together on joint events including at HLPF 2018, Global Climate Action Summit, UNGA, COP24 and MPGCA.
  • To work together to advance the case for increased action on resilience and investment under the UN Secretary General’s summit in 2019.
  • Identify resilience champions (from politicians to community leaders) and opportunities for strategic alliances and networks with a large enough minority to influence the majority.

Building resilience in least developed countries:

  • Support the least developed country (LDC) UNFCCC group to undertake global and regional dialogues on how to strengthen their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) on resilience and adaptation.
  • Use mapping of events and planned events to share knowledge on building community resilience. Events include CBA12, Adaptation Futures, and CARIAA meetings in June.
  • Bring different knowledge and institutions together, build on the work of others (e.g. CDKN), and broaden into humanitarian and resilience especially in LDCs.
  • Focus on bringing knowledge about humanitarian and development from a range of sources including local institutions and universities to policy makers.

Building private sector engagement and investment in resilience:

  • Develop ideas for a challenge fund targeting the private sector focusing on channeling investments into resilience, and linking adaptation and climate risk insurance.
  • Convene private and public sector to work on investments into resilience to: catalyse further work on metrics and measurements for resilience that is relevant for both the private sector and the public sector, and deepen the understanding on why and how to build value chains that foster resilience for all stakeholders.
  • Foster the development of a common understanding and language between the humanitarian, development, private, and financial sectors.
  • Explore partnerships with the private sector to further the agenda of GRP.

Scaling, innovation, and transformation:

  • Collect and share insights (success, failure and learnings) on transformative capacity from GRP partners, including local stakeholders.
  • Diversify and expand stakeholder groups though GRP partnerships to other geographies, with attention to grassroots social movements working on local resilience.
  • Foster and create innovative learning strategies and tools to scale transformative approaches inclusive of the whole partnership.
  • Explore partnerships with technology and finance companies and engage them with a goal of achieving transformative change.

Resilience monitoring, evaluation, and learning:

  • Create a dialogue on principles for resilience measurement and conduct a meta-analysis of existing syntheses in the field of resilience measurement and assessment.
  • Bridge the gap between the science, the finance sector and policy makers on resilience and meet demand for concrete tools to make decisions in this new context by curating tools for investors and financial markets, e.g., modelling for uncertainty and quantifying exposure to climate risk.
  • Collaborate around knowledge events (e.g., FSIN/RADAR, EES and RMEL COP) to stimulate discussion around measuring resilience and measuring resilience programming impact.

Read the full report here

GRP Secretariat, April 2018