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Issue-based Coalitions in the Asia-Pacific Region


1. IBC Raising Ambitions on Climate Action (co-chaired by ESCAP and UNEP)

The IBC on IBC Raising Ambitions on Climate Action seeks to streamline and align the UN response to challenges of climate change and air pollution in the region, help realize synergies among related areas of work across UN entities, bring the value-added of the regional UNDS to assist Resident Coordinators and UN Country teams, and serve as regional platforms to reach out to non-UN stakeholders. 

The IBC is structured around the following specific objectives:

  • Raise ambitions on climate action through Nationally Determined Contributions. 

  • Accelerate action on air pollution in Asia Pacific to move towards achieving World Health Organization air quality guidelines by 2030.

  • Accelerate the phase out of coal in Asia Pacific.  

  • Making the COVID-19 related fiscal measures climate responsive

UN agencies contribute to the IBC through engagement in Working Groups established for each of the first three objectives, while all entities contribute to mainstreaming COVID-19-related issues in climate response.


2. Building Resilience (co-chaired by UNDP and UNDRR)

The IBC on Building Resilience brings together disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation with membership of 19 UN entities. 

The overall objective of this IBC is to serve as a platform for UN agencies to work together to accelerate action on DRR, CCA and resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. The work of the IBC will advance inclusivity and human rights-based approaches to climate-sensitive, risk-informed development. The following are specific objectives of the IBC: 

  • Build political momentum for the acceleration of strategic and policy action in Member States to implement the DRR, CCA and resilience dimensions of the 2030 Agenda, Sendai Framework and Paris Agreement.

  • Provide UNRCs and UNCTs with coherent and timely programming, policy and/or normative guidance and technical support on DRR/CCA and resilience-related issues.

  • Strengthen regional, country and local-level data and information on DRR and CCA to enhance resilience-building policies, programming and decision-making.

  • Support advocacy and information/experience sharing on DRR and CCA-related issues, based on agreed recommendations and action points, with a focus on leave no-one behind principle.

The IBC is structured under 4 work streams co-lead by different UN regional entities: 1) integration of health emergencies in DRR, 2) disaster and climate risk analysis, 3) resilient recovery and 4) disaster and climate-related displacement.


3. IBC Inclusive Economic and COVID-19 Recovery (co-chaired by UNICEF and UNDP)



4. IBC Promoting Human Rights, Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (co-chaired by OHCHR, UNFPA and UN Women)

The IBC HR-GEWE leverages substantive expertise from across the UN system on key GEWE and HR issues. It’s work focuses on three areas:

  • Non-discrimination: support UNCTs in integrating a normative approach to the UN’s development work, including in SDG monitoring and implementation, grounded in the UN Charter and international human rights frameworks; 

  • Gender equality and women’s empowerment: advocate for women’s leadership, voice and agency to be advanced in all areas of the UN’s work (regional and country); 

  • COVID-19 response and recovery: monitor and analyse HR and GEWE-related implications of the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in the region, and support the integration of HR and GEWE in all work to build back better. 

The IBC’s work in delivered through capacity-building support to UNCTs, research, analysis and provision of technical guidance, as well as dialogues, guidance and joint advocacy on emerging challenges or issues of regional interest. The IBC has two sub-working groups i.e. the regional Human Rights Network and the regional UNiTE Working Group to End Violence Against Women and Girls.