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Announcement - Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management 2010

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The Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) wishes to announce the Pacific Platform for DRM from 9th – 13th August, 2010. This years Pacific Platform for DRM is jointly organised by the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), the Pacific Sub Regional Office of the Secretariat for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the United Nation Development Programme Pacific Centre (UNDP PC), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), The Asia Foundation/USAID/Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (TAF/OFDA), the International Federation for Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as well as the European Union (EU) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) as members of the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network.

The Pacific Platform for DRM for 2010 will comprise the following meetings:

16th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting: Professional Development Workshop for Regional Disaster Managers,

9th – 11th August, Holiday Inn, Suva (Closed Meeting for Regional Disaster Managers and SOPAC Community Risk Programme)

The workshop will seek to examine the full nature of demands that Regional Disaster Managers currently experience (and will experience in future) and to establish their collective perception on the nature of capacity building support they require. It is anticipated that the future programme of training support to Regional Disaster Managers will comprise a mix of DRM specific capacity building and as well ‘corporate leadership/management’ capacity building.

5th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network: Enhancing the Implementation of the Pacific DRR & DM Framework for Action through a Multi Stakeholder Approach

12th – 13th August, Holiday Inn, Suva.

The 5th Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network Meeting will provide an opportunity for direct exchange and learning on matters of mutual concern to Pacific Island Countries and Territories and also the Caribbean, as well as provide a platform to share experiences of collaboration with various stakeholders on DRM.

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For any immediate enquiries please contact:
Stephanie Zoll
SOPAC Adviser Community-based DRM / Pacific Platform Assistant Coordinator
Telephone : +679 338 1377, Extension 308
Fax : +679 337 0040
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Last Updated on Monday, 28 June 2010 11:18  


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