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Pacific Community and World Food Programme strengthen cooperation

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Pacific Community Strengthen cooperation

29 Jun 2017 | Suva

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have signed an agreement that aims to increase the effectiveness of their service in assisting Pacific Island countries and territories in achieving their resilience building and development aspirations.

The four-year partnership was signed this week between SPC’s Deputy Director-General, Dr Audrey Aumua and Mr Anthony Freeman, WFP Pacific’s Officer in Charge.

“SPC is delighted to be working more closely with the regional Pacific Food Security Cluster (rPFSC) to support the Pacific’s efforts in building capacities to better prepare for, and respond to external shocks and to strengthen resilience of the most vulnerable in the face of Climate Change and other crises.   This agreement reflects the resolve of our respective organisations to draw on each other’s expertise, competencies and resources for the benefit of Pacific Islands people,” Dr Aumua said.

 

 

 

“The Pacific region is unlike any other in the world, and the World Food Programme is passionately committed to its mandate of disaster preparedness here. We are honoured to be partnering with SPC who share our dedication to Reaching the last mile – That is, working towards a Pacific where nobody is left behind when it comes to disaster preparedness and ensuring regional Governments’ have the highest standards of support available via alliances such as that formed here today,” said  Mr Anthony Freeman.

This new partnership fosters better collaboration on emergency preparedness in the areas of food security, logistics and emergency telecommunications. It includes supporting the development of an online platform for mapping of emergency relief items in the Pacific, exchanging information and experience as well as collaboration on communication upgrades and assessment activities that both organisations undertake in the Pacific region.

The World Food Programme, is the United Nations’ frontline agency in the global fight against hunger, mandated to provide emergency and development assistance to eradicate hunger and poverty amongst the poorest and most food-insecure countries and populations.

SPC is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific, proudly supporting development since 1947. It is an international organisation owned and governed by 26 country and territory members. The organisation works across more than 20 sectors including food security, climate change, disaster risk management, gender equality, public health and human rights.

 

Media contact:

Salome Tukuafu, SPC Information and Communications Management Officer, Land Resources Division, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or +679 337 9287

Sanya Ruggiero, WFP Pacific Information Management and Communications Officer, Tel. +679 8666 445, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Newsflash

“Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing is one of the fastest developing technologies no matter whether you are a provider, and developer or a user. And here in the region and for the benefit of Pacific island countries and territories we are all striving to stay at the ‘cutting edge of the technology.’  In this regard the theme of this Conference focusing on mapping Pacific resources is very timely”, said Dr. Russell Howorth, Director, SOPAC Division of SPC, in the opening keynote at the Pacific GIS/RS User Conference held at Suva last week.

The growing impact of GIS and Remote Sensing was very much evident by the record number of attendees and presentations at the conference. Around 300 participants, from the around the Pacific Region convened for the three and half days of presentations, workshops and discussions.

Current and upcoming trends in the geospatial fields such as LiDAR (light detection and ranging) Imagery, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), recent progress in vegetation and land cover mapping, improvements in satellite technologies, imagery classification and open source software were heavily covered during the conference.

The conference has been held annually in Suva for the Pacific region since 1999, is free to attend and jointly organized by Secretariat of the Pacific Community, University of the South Pacific, various departments of the Fiji Government, with support from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), satellite data and GIS software companies.