Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI)

In order to guide the development of an integrated and comprehensive implementation plan for the National Disaster Risk Management Programme, Government of the Republic of Serbia requested the support of the United Nations System through the UN Resident Coordinator. This was provided through the expertise of the UN Country Team in Serbia and UN member agencies of the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI). Established in 2007, the CADRI Partnership regroups UNDP, OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, FAO and WHO as executive partners, and WMO, UNITAR, UNOPS, UNESCO, IFRC and GFDRR as observers. The CADRI Partnership was set up to respond to the need for a coordinated and coherent UN-wide effort to support Governments develop their capacities to prevent, manage and recover from the impacts of disasters.

The purpose of the technical assistance provided through the CADRI Partnership was to conduct a capacity and needs assessment related to disaster risk management and to support the Government to design and develop an action plan aligned to the international standard. The capacity and needs assessment identified existing capacities, gaps and needs related to disaster risk reduction and preparedness for response, and proposed a set of recommendations on how these capacities can be achieved in the medium term. In addition, the assessment also included a review of the available national strategies and programmes aimed at resilience building and response to disasters, and the UN agencies’ and other international cooperation partners’ ongoing and planned programmes.

Based on these recommendations, a number of priority activities were identified through a multi-stakeholder process led by the FAAARO and supported by the CADRI Partnership. These activities are articulated in the Implementation Plan of the National Disaster Risk Management Programme (2015-2019). The Plan will guide the efforts of all stakeholders involved in disaster risk management in Serbia in the implementation of activities as they relate to the Government’s commitments under the Sendai Framework for DRR.