UP RI attends Philippines Country Consultation on the UN Resilience Framework

The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute attended the Philippine Country Consultation on the United Nations Resilience Framework last 18 May 2018 at the Rockwell Business Center Sheridan, Mandaluyong City. The consultation workshop is a part of the development of a comprehensive global UN framework on resilience that aims to cover a broader spectrum of resilience dimensions in support to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The workshop was composed of plenary and group activity, and the plenary discussion was centered on understanding the resilience building in the Philippines.

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The activities particularly focused on key building blocks of resilience and how it should be built, as well as coordination, partnership, and financing resilience. It aimed to gather practical feedback and inputs on the Philippine’s experience on resilience building.

The participants shared their views and experiences guided by the following questions:

  1. Why resilience matters?
  2. What are the key building blocks of resilience?
  3. How to build resilience together?
  4. How to coordinate, partner and finance for building resilience together?
  5. How to learn and adapt together?

The discussion called for the consideration of the existing local and international frameworks, laws, and guidelines in the development of the resilience framework, such as the Sendai Framework of Actions and the goals and indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals. It was also highlighted that building resilience should not only focus on natural hazards but should also count human-induced conflicts.

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It was also recognized that there is a need for a platform that would integrate all efforts on resilience which will ensure complementarity of functions of various stakeholders to avoid redundancy and duplication of capacity-building efforts. The platform should also bring out the best of each stakeholder involved that will further guarantee the framework’s success and sustainability.

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The plenary discussion was followed by group discussion where the participants were divided into six (6) groups. This allowed each participant to share their thoughts on working together for building resilience. Each group were asked to answer one question related to resilience. After the discussion, the group moved to the next question and continued to build up the answer of the previous team. Group discussion questions were as follows:

  1. What are the key building blocks for resilience building in the Philippines?
  2. Whose resilience of the most vulnerable and those furthest behind be addressed.
  3. What are the main challenges and opportunities for UN to operationalize resilience in the Philippines?
  4. How to forge partnerships for resilience building in the Philippines? Provide examples and lessons learned as appropriate.
  5. On financing for resilience, please share specific challenges/opportunities you have encountered, and lessons learned.
  6. What approaches can you share on how to measure the results and impacts of resilience building efforts?

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At the last part of the workshop, the participants shared their expectations from the UN Resilience Framework. One of the participants noted that resilience is part of development and that achieving development goals will significantly lead towards resilience. The discussion also emphasized the need to define the boundaries of resilience in the framework to ensure smoother implementation that is not only limited to, but also is related to the guidelines.