UNDP and Switzerland sign US $13.9 million agreement to prevent conflict, address root causes of fragility and respond to crisis

May 23, 2016

Istanbul, May 23, 2016 – UNDP and Switzerland sign today at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul a US$ 13.9 million (CHF 13.8 million) agreement to strengthen their partnership to prevent conflict, address systemic fragility and deliver effective crisis response.

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said the collaboration between UNDP and Switzerland to build resilience in communities in fragile situations or affected by crises was more critical than ever.

“This agreement between UNDP and Switzerland is an excellent example of how we can work together to build resilience in communities affected by fragility” Helen Clark said.

This new Swiss contribution is critical to support UNDP in its efforts to meet the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which urges the international community to ‘leave no one behind’. Preventing conflict and achieving peaceful societies, as stated in Goal 16, is fundamental to meeting all the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the 193 Member States of the United Nations in September 2015. UNDP sees the World Humanitarian Summit as an historic opportunity to meet these global challenges, by fundamentally changing how the world deals with crises.

“UNDP’s work to address the root causes of fragility is key to decrease humanitarian needs and this agreement is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how UNDP and Switzerland walk the talk to operationalize the humanitarian–development nexus. Our collaboration to build resilience is increasingly relevant to the millions of people living in crisis and fragile situations” noted Swiss Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter.

Among others, Switzerland’s $13.9m contribution will support UNDP’s work in the different dimensions of Goal 16, by strengthening countries’ national capacities for conflict prevention, promoting good governance, access to justice, and respect for human rights. It will also contribute to the deployment of peace and development advisors in over 40 countries. In addition, Switzerland will become one of the first contributors to the newly established UNDP Trust Fund for “Emergency Development to Crisis and Recovery”, which aims to enhance UNDP’s capacity to respond rapidly and efficiently to crisis and ensure that recovery is utilized as an opportunity to prevent future shocks.

As the lead UN agency on development, active in some 170 countries, UNDP is working with humanitarian and peacebuilding actors in an integrated approach, collaborating on issues related to resilience-building, crisis analysis, prevention, response and recovery.

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