This discussion started with Rahma Hanifa from U-INSPIRE Indonesia gave an introduction of U-inspire country chapters. There were 20 participants from different chapters. Continued by Erick from UNDRR Asia Pacific sharing about The Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments (SFVC) as the main speaker.
The Sendai Framework recognizes that the State has the primary responsibility to reduce disaster risk, but it also underlines the shared responsibility of other stakeholders including local government, the private sector, academia, and civil society.
“We all share the responsibility for building the society’s resilience to disasters”
Erick explained that the Voluntary Commitments initiative was developed in response to the General Assembly resolution 68/211 (2013) and launched in the lead-up to the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in March 2015 to support the development of partnerships at all levels to implement the Sendai framework.
The Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments (SFVC) online platform serves to incentivize stakeholders to inform the public about their work, to provide a vehicle for sharing commitments and initiatives, and for motivation toward the implementation of the Sendai Framework. In turn, UNDRR can monitor and take stock of the progress and impact. The SFVC online platform is a useful tool to know who is doing what and where for the implementation of the Sendai Framework, which could foster potential collaboration among stakeholders. Good practices and achievements will be highlighted through the online platform. A synthesis and analysis report for the SFVC will be launched at the biennium sessions of the Global Platform.
The reasons why the Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitment is important:
- It allows us to monitor our commitments. We will start by setting up the account, complete the profile, submit the commitment(s), report the progress, and finally, submit the deliverables.
- It will remind and notify us regarding the commitment we have submitted. This allows us to facilitate our management and to show our works to the world. This can also highlight and mark the priority of the commitments.
Erick then continued to explain the Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitment of CRRP India (U-INSPIRE India) as an example of the commitment. After submitting all the description and data of our commitment, we will also need to report the progress and deliverables. We will get a notification before the due date of each deliverable, and we need to update our progress to the platform. Finally, this will deliver a knowledge product, not only to UNDRR but also to the world.
Followed by Tanmay Gound (CRRP India), he shared how they started the Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitment. CRRP India already submitted two commitments as they are going through the academic sectors, different universities, and colleges, to see the programs and activities they are doing.
Suman Chapagain (U-INSPIRE Nepal) also shared his experiences about the Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitment. They first started in February 2019 and got approved in 2020. The Himalayan RI, collaborated with U-INSPIRE Nepal, now already conducted some of the activities. They conducted research on landslide and capacity development program, the DRR Hackathon. They have plans to work together with the local government. They are now active on the contemporary issues related to COVID-19 and some other hazards in the future.
Hanif Sulaeman (U-INSPIRE Indonesia) delivered the experience on this matter. They finalized submitting the Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitment in one night. One of the advantages is that they can track their progress, what they did, and what to do. They got feedback on the commitment they have submitted as if some parts that still cannot be understood, and then update the page. Rahma added that U-INSPIRE Indonesia already started last year, tried to submit in August, and then got the feedback in October. Then it needs a long time to finalize because they received a lot of feedback. This online platform really gives a sharp insight and can make the activities more systematic and strategic.
Question & Answer Highlights
- All the details of submitting the Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitment by using the tool for training (https://sendaicommitments-training.undrr.org/). Starting from signing in by using the prevention web, add the new commitment, then continued to complete the most important parts which are overview, description, and deliverables.
- We can submit all the activities we already had in the past as well as the plans in the future. He continued with the organizations & focal points to be registered, topics, and social media & other information.
- The platform is always opened and we can always submit anytime. There is no time limit, and we can still submit the activities from several years ago, as far as 2013.
- We are allowed and can submit more than one commitment considering the varied institutions as well as the umbrella initiatives. He proposed the improvement of this platform that U-INSPIRE Alliance could be registered as the implementing organizations or other partners of the U-INSPIRE country chapters.
- They will publish one report every three years as in one global platform. The next report will be prepared at the end of this year. The report can be accessed on the website and the report will be updated as soon as the commitments are submitted.
- You are allowed to choose under USD 100 for the budget scale and 0% for the secured budget size when you have no funding. For the donor’s information, feel free to write any information about the donors or you can choose to make the information private.
- There will always be a review done more than one person every time the commitment is submitted, and yes it should be relevant. Otherwise, the team will give us suggestions and discuss further any case.
- The deliverables and progress reports are important and need to be completed after submitted the commitments. After six months of being submitted, the platform will send you a reminder to complete the progress report. If you forget to complete it, the platform will keep reminding you again through email. If you already completed everything, the commitment status will be updated to be completed and it is still visible.
- Important link: https://sendaicommitments-training.undrr.org/ https://sendaicommitments.undrr.org/commitments/20190830_001