The United Arab Emirates is proud to join other Member States in co-sponsoring this resolution, and we congratulate our coordinator for navigating many different perspectives in order to produce a vision that is both ambitious and universally acceptable.
Especially in the context of so many humanitarian crises, the resolution is an important reminder of all stakeholders’ obligations, as well as a prompt to stake stock of recent humanitarian action – and apply ourselves to learn from it and do better. The last year has certainly offered many lessons.
We are also pleased to see a new focus this year on practical measures that push UN thinking and spending toward prevention. We strongly support a rapid UN transition to forecast-based financing systems, which we believe will be a key mitigation tool for harsh weather and other predictable events. We welcome too the more ambitious language on access to multi-hazard early warning systems, though we hope that we can collectively soon embrace a goal of universal access. Both interventions furthermore capture synergies in the humanitarian and development fields.
Similarly, we echo the importance of the CERF and country-based pool funds emphasized in the resolution. These will be critical instruments for coherence in UN action on the ground, as well as the repositioning of the UN development system to explicitly operate along the humanitarian-development spectrum.