Keeping up with UNDP

Montreal United Nations Conference has started since yesterday evening, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been a quite efficient committee.

Yesterday, the agenda has been set to discuss about disaster risk reduction and disaster recovery capacities in the wake of climate change. Today, their resolutions will already be presented.

Debates have been going on, sharp remarks have been done and there were a lot but highly productive unmoderate caucuses.

From helping countries that suffered from climate change-related disasters through monetary help to countries seeking to raise consciousness of the communities through awareness and education, there is a wide range of solutions proposed.

Now three main ideas have emerged, thus forming three different blocks.

Focusing more on the sharing of knowledge among nations

Countries such as Cameroon, Cuba, Libya, Turkey and Malawi, among others, have now been working on decentralizing the risk reduction process by, as stated by Cameroon: “ promoting the collaboration of national and international bodies, as well as NGOs, private organizations and local governments.”

Focusing more in developing sustainable energy in wake of climate change

This block formed by Sweden, United States, Austria, Ecuador, Norway and Canada, among others, believe in sustainable and effective city planning and encouraging landscape architecture. Their plan suit best the infrastructures problem and is the only one proposing measures that can applied right now.

Focusing more in finding funds first

As for France, Vietnam, Chad, Switzerland and China, among others, their main idea can be summarized by Vietnam’s statement. “Funding is the basis of achieving development in disastrous events as we need monetary funds to share technology, knowledge and others resources.”

However, every blocks’ idea raise questions and need further clarification for it to potentially become a resolution. Turkey’s delegate may have agreed with the importance of finding fund but wanted to go further as “we [delegates of UNDP] must ensure to make clear where would the money from funds go as there is risks of corruption. People must understand and deserve to know where it [the money] would be allocated.

“We must ensure to make clear where would the money from funds go as there is risks of corruption. People must understand and deserve to know where it [the money] would be allocated.“—Turkey

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