GiHA Brief on Asia-Pacific Regional Dialogue on the Grand Bargain
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is organizing a Asia-Pacific Regional Dialogue on the Grand Bargain on 28 Feb 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. To ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment features as a central element to these discussions, the Asia-Pacific Regional IASC Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group (GiHA), co-chaired by UN Women, OCHA and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, has prepared an advocacy brief which puts forward key recommendations and regional examples for how Grand Bargain commitments can better integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment in their implementation in the region. These recommendations focus on the key priority areas for the Grand Bargain: participation revolution, localization, needs assessment and cash. They are in line with the IASC Gender Policy Statement, the Agenda for Humanity, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Delhi Declaration (Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction), as well as the Sustainable Development Goals, the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and the Beijing Platform for Action.
UN Women will be represented at the Regional Dialogue on the Grand Bargain and will be taking the recommendations in the advocacy brief forward in the discussions.
The regional dialogue is the first such initiative that seeks to interrogate what the commitments outlined in the Grand Bargain – which was co-signed by representatives of 17 Member States, one regional inter-governmental organization (European Commission), 13 international aid agencies and 3 consortia representing several hundred non-governmental organizations) – will mean in practice in a major emergency in this region. The outcome of the regional dialogue will be taken forward to the Regional Humanitarian Partnerships Forum for Asia and the Pacific in June 2017, the multi-stakeholder regional consultation held every two years and which focuses on consolidating and promoting good practice in humanitarian action in Asia and the Pacific. For detail on the commitments and signatories of the Grand Bargain, please visit: http://www.agendaforhumanity.org/initiatives/3861.