Annual Report Crisis Prevention and Recovery 2009
Crisis prevention and recovery remained a top priority for the United Nations Development Programme in 2009, garnering continued trust of partners as well as the strong backing of UNDP’s new Administrator, Helen Clark. The Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) are most grateful for the support. This annual report highlights a range of their key achievements in 2009, striving to deliver on UNDP’s HOPE agenda, one that helps restore healthy societies after a crisis occurs, provides opportunities for the poorest and most vulnerable, protects communities from violence, and empowers women to meaningfully contribute to their country’s recovery.
- Deployed 34 experts to more than 20 countries to support the organization’s programmatic and operational response in the immediate aftermath of crises.
- Established and strengthened UNDP rule of law, justice and security programming in 18 priority conflict/post-conflict countries. Women‘s legal aid facilities were put in place in nine countries, reaching out to women and girls previously unable to pay for legal advice or fearing the consequences of seeking justice.
- Increased the number of peace and development advisors to 32, deployed in 24 countries. Their work yielded positive results, including the continuation of civic dialogue in Fiji; the building of local mediation capacities in Guyana; successful completion of the first phase of the amnesty and reintegration process for two of the largest militant groups in the Niger delta in Nigeria; and informal but effective facilitation of key consultations around constitutional reform in Kenya.
- Worked with more than 40 countries to identify communities at risk of natural disasters; collaborated closely with the affected governments to strengthen institutions in charge of disaster management and implement cost-effective measures to reduce exposure to natural hazards and the impacts of climate change.
- Helped secure the entry into force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, facilitating several advocacy events and working with affected countries to lobby member states for ratification of the convention.
- Deployed senior gender and crisis advisors to Burundi, Iraq, Liberia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Timor-Leste and Kosovo (referred to in the context of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999), to strengthen UNDP gender-specific programming interventions.