Avian and Human Influenza (AHI) 2006

24 November 2006

Consolidated Action Plan for Contributions of the UN System and Partners
Revised Activities and Financial Requirements up to December 2007

In July 2006, the UN Secretary General prefaced the first issue of the UN Consolidated Action Plan for Avian and Human Influenza (AHI) with reference to our collective responsibility for ensuring that all countries -- rich and poor -- are adequately protected and prepared. He pledged the UN System’s support to countries in their efforts to respond to the threats posed by highly pathogenic avian influenza and any future influenza pandemic. He committed the combined strength and expertise of UN System agencies, funds and programmes in support of this outcome and called on the international community to provide them with adequate backing.  

The collective goal of the UN System is to help national authorities implement programmes that are characterized by high technical quality (right actions, in the right place at the right time), with strong national ownership and adequate resources.  The UN System expects to do this with a high degree of inter-agency coherence and synergy, whether working at country, regional or global levels. To make this happen, the UN System has established a high level Steering Committee (chaired by the UN Deputy Secretary General), appointed a Senior Coordinator, and is engaging in joint operations with the World Bank, World Organisation for Animal Health and the Red Cross Movement.  The UN System has established functional links with the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, with regional political organisations, and with many private sector groups, voluntary bodies and donor agencies. The UN System produced, in June 2006, a UN Consolidated Action Plan that describes the ways in which agencies, funds and programmes are working together. 

The Plan builds on the AHI action plans developed and implemented by each of the concerned UN agencies, funds and programmes. It reflects the common objectives, strategic directions, and results to be attained by different parts of the UN System together with their international and regional partners. It also lists financial requirements for the different objectives to be realized.

AHI threats are changing over time. So are the needs of countries and the assistance that is requested from the UN System and its partners. The present document complements the initial UN Consolidated Action Plan by reflecting these changes. It provides an overview of overall progress achieved during the last six months against the seven common objectives the UN System has set for itself, presents the UN System contributions to AHI in a comprehensive Logical Framework and informs on revised financial requirements for 2007. I am particularly pleased that this revision of the Action Plan introduces the critical work being undertaken by the International Labour Organisation, the International Organisation for Migration, the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the World Tourism Organisation and the World Organisation for Animal Health. The Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and major international NGOs are currently working on ways to complement the UN Action Plan.

The reports of actions undertaken within this edition of the plan, and in the parallel report being produced by the UN System and the World Bank “Responses to Avian and Human Influenza Threats: Progress, Analysis and Recommendations – July to December 2006” indicates that the world is relying on a strong, efficient and predictable UN in order to respond to the threats posed by avian and human influenza.  Demands for help from the UN System have increased dramatically.  The funds received during 2006 were insufficient for an adequate response to the full variety of demands made – especially in countries with restricted capacity to implement avian and human influenza strategies, and in African nations. Hence this revision of the Consolidated Action Plan is accompanied by a sincere request that the donor community maintains its support to the UN System so that it can respond properly to countries’ requests for assistance in this critical area.  The UN needs considerable additional funding for the calendar year 2007.  

David Nabarro
UN System Senior Coordinator
for Avian and Human Influenza  


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