The Global Assessment Report 2025: Financing and Investing for Our Future: Call for submissions

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Background

The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction is the UN's flagship report on risk and resilience. Since its inception, the Global Assessment Report has been a cornerstone in understanding and addressing the complexities of the nexus between disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development, building on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030.

The Global Assessment Report (GAR) 2025, under the theme "Financing and Investing for Our Future - How governments and the financial system can reduce risk and build resilience for a sustainable tomorrow" will measure the cost of not investing in resilience for people the planet and prosperity. It will highlight good practice examples of resilient approaches through case studies, and how they could be implemented through dedicated investment products and approaches. Through a people planet and prosperity lens the report will show how disaster risk reduction metrics can support resilient sustainable development.

Call for case studies

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) extends a cordial invitation to contribute to the Global Assessment Report (GAR) 2025 through our Call for Case Studies. This year, GAR focuses on the paramount theme, "Financing and Investing for Our Future," emphasizing the pivotal role those strategic financial decisions play in reducing risk and building resilience for sustainable development.

Case studies can cover one of the following areas:

  1. Country case study: Successful investment in anticipatory action and preparedness that created resilience.
  2. Country case study: Successful investment in sustainable development that created resilience.
  3. Country case study: Approach that led to a significant resilient investment decision at the national level.
  4. Country or regional case study: Successful and innovative investments in risk reduction and resilience building: Highlighting their impact, scalability and their sustainability.
  5. Country case study: How to overcome barriers and limitations to measuring resilient investment.
  6. Country case study: Linking risk information to action for investment in risk management.
  7. Country or regional case study: Successful resilience financing mechanisms and their advantages and disadvantages for risk management and resilience building.

Open Call: Ideas for innovative futures of resilient investment

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) calls for innovators and changemakers to contribute to the Global Assessment Report (GAR) 2025 through our open call for 'Ideas for Innovative Futures of Resilient Investment'. For its 2025 iteration, GAR focuses on the paramount theme, "Financing and Investing for Our Future," emphasizing the pivotal role those strategic financial decisions play in reducing risk and building resilience for sustainable development.

This call is meant to gather the most innovative ideas to overcome current challenges and pitfalls in resilience financing and investment creating new pathways that think out of the box. We encourage especially young researchers to participate, as we look for ideas and concepts and strategies even if they have not yet been fully implemented. This is therefore a chance to imagine, dream big and turn old paradigms on their head.

Innovative futures ideas need to cover one of the following areas:

  1. How fiscal and financial public sector planning and systems can more effectively integrate risk and resilience?
  2. How to create/incentivize positive contributions of the private sector in financing risk and resilience can impact other development sectors?
  3. What roles can regulators and metrics play in underpinning a more resilient investment future?
  4. How can we widen the lens to capture the true cost of human, social and natural capital and shift the temporal frame from a short to long term perspective?
  5. How can we create a system for global action to curtail catastrophic global disasters?
  6. Ideas for reforming the financial system and policies for DRR towards resilience.
  7. How can we embed risk reduction into financial tools and methods?

Why contribute to GAR 2025

In collaboration with UNDRR, your participation in this Call for Case Studies is a commitment to a future where strategic finance plays a pivotal role in building resilient societies. Together, we will inspire change, showcase success stories, and set a course for a world that is both financially sound and resilient to the challenges ahead.

Your case studies are integral to illustrating tangible examples of how financing and investing strategies are shaping resilient futures. Whether it's a pioneering financial instrument, a transformative public policy, or a successful public-private partnership, your experiences will inform global discourse and empower decision-makers to adopt strategies that reduce risk and enhance resilience.

How to submit an abstract for submission guidelines:

  • Abstracts for case studies and innovative ideas must be submitted, using the linked forms below, by Monday 22 July 2024.
  • Abstracts will be selected, and successful candidates will be notified by Monday 29 July.
  • For those selected, full case studies and innovative ideas, of a maximum of one page length, will have to be submitted by Monday 30 September 2024, at the latest.

Contact for questions: katsanakis@un.org

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