2005/40
UNFPA role in emergency preparedness, humanitarian response, and transition and recovery

The Executive Board

1. Takes note of document DP/FPA/2005/18 and of the critical importance of UNFPA work in humanitarian and transition settings;

2. Encourages continued efforts by UNFPA, within its thematic mandate, in policy advocacy, technical leadership and field collaboration with relevant partners for emergency preparedness, humanitarian response, and transition and recovery;

3. Recalls decision 2000/13, aimed at ensuring reproductive health in emergency situations;

4. Recognizes UNFPA plans to strengthen its institutional capacity in emergency preparedness, humanitarian response, and transition and recovery, and e ncourages continued consultations with the Executive Board in this regard;

5. Requests the Executive Director to report to the Executive Board at its second regular session 2006 on a comprehensive corporate strategy, including resource and staff implications, for emergency preparedness, humanitarian response, and transition and recovery. This corporate strategy should include coordination with other relevant United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, and with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs;

6. Decides , as an interim measure, to raise the ceiling of the existing emergency fund from $1 million to $3 million to enable UNFPA to better respond to crisis situations, and to review this ceiling at its second regular session in 2006, taking into account the comprehensive corporate strategy referred to in paragraph 5;

7. Requests the Executive Director to report on the utilization of these funds in the context of the UNFPA annual financial review.

9 September 2005