03/05/2021 - PfR's stresses on building back better; read more in the Spring 2021 newsletter
For PfR's external newsletter, Spring 2021 edition, click here
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a historical year. It has shown us once more how interconnected our world is. Next to the pandemic, the climate and environmental crisis should be on top of everyone’s priority list. The urgency should be brought back in the climate discussions, and focus after COVID-19 should be on building back better – there is a window of opportunity.
In the first weeks and months of the pandemic, the most acute needs in the PfR programme implementation areas became clear. With identified shortages of personal protective equipment and handwashing stations, an absence of information campaigns, and growing food insecurity, PfR planned to respond to the pandemic crisis. In May 2020, PfR received approval from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to shift part of the budget from the ongoing Dialogue and Dissent programme towards COVID-19 response. In this report you can learn more about PfR’s COVID-19 response.
In the meantime, partners continued their work to strengthening community resilience, among others in the ECO-DRR programme. In this newsletter you can find several great examples of the work being done, and results achieved.
There is still a long way to go to meet the promises made in the Paris Agreement. Partners for Resilience, together with other organizations and networks, is ready to continue its support to the implementation of international climate, disaster risk reduction, and environmental frameworks, and to support countries to meet their promises and commitments in their National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) – ensuring nobody is left behind.
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Juriaan Lahr, Chairman Partners for Resilience