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Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management 2009

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The first meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management was held in Nadi, Fiji from 7 - 15th of May 2009. The Pacific Platform is comprised of a series of Pacific regional meetings of national focal points for disaster risk management; regional development partners and key decision makers of Pacific governments; CEOs responsible for Finance and Planning and Disaster Management.

The Pacific Platform concept has its origins in the UN Secretary-General’s? report A/60/180 which points out the intention of a strengthened UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) system to support regional networks for advocacy for disaster risk reduction and cooperation at regional and sub-regional levels in support to national initiatives and platforms.
As such the purpose of convening the Pacific Platform was to allow for a single forum of exchange and sharing of experiences within the Pacific in relation to policy and operational aspects of disaster risk reduction and disaster management; as well as to prepare for and consolidate the pacific’s position and participation at the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Pacific Platform in 2009 was comprised of:

1. 15th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting, 7th - 8th May 2009
2. 4th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network, 12th - 13th May 2009
3. 2nd Pacific Regional Disaster Risk Management Meeting for Pacific CEO’s of Finance/Planning and Disaster Management, 14th - 15th May 2009

In addition to the formal platform SOPAC, SPREP and the WMO coordinated and facilitated a Joint Pacific Regional Meeting of Meteorological Service Directors and Disaster Managers on the 11th May.

Regional disaster managers met and reviewed progress of implementation of initiatives within their respective countries, identified national priority areas under the themes of the Regional Framework for Action for which support and technical assistance could be forthcoming from development partners and SOPAC’s CRP work programme. The central theme of the meeting was to strengthen their national capacity for improved disaster risk management, where they were taken through practical exercises on the use of Pacific Disaster Netexternal link and the Regional Framework for Action online monitoring toolexternal link - tools that are designed to improve efficiency, particularly in their capacity for responding to events after receiving notifications and alerts; as well as reporting and monitoring of progress of implementation.

The joint meeting of the Regional Disaster Managers and Regional Meteorological Service Directors was developed to provide an opportunity for direct exchange and learning between these two important groups on matters of mutual concern such as early warning systems/communications.

The 4th Annual Meeting of the Pacific DRM Partnership Network convened development partners, donors, regional meteorological service directors, national disaster managers and as well a delegation from the Caribbean to fulfill the meeting objectives of:

1. Review the status of current and planned Partnership activities in the Pacific.
2. Establish South-South? Cooperation with the Caribbean community
3. Examine opportunities for improved strategic alliances and engagement at regional and national level within the Pacific

As well, the summary records containing key outcomes of the earlier meetings of the national disaster managers and their joint meeting with meteorological service directors of the region was presented to partners to assist in identifying areas where the partnership could concentrate activities on in the Pacific. A highlight of the partnership meeting were the presentations from the Caribbean delegation of their initiatives in disaster risk management and the catastrophe risk insurance facility of that region which provided insights into the model which is being designed for the Pacific. The meeting was a further opportunity to work co-operatively and collaboratively in the interests of reducing the risks faced by Pacific countries to disasters.

The Pacific Platform concluded with the 2nd meeting of CEO’s for finance and planning and disaster management for which its intention is to ensure that risk considerations are given a greater prominence in planning and budgeting systems within Government and at each level within the national economy. This meeting focussed particularly on how crucial the leadership of central agencies are in the contribution of addressing disaster risk management to the overall national sustainable development.

Overall appreciation and commendation was expressed by partners for the success of such a first Platform. The concept of the CEO’s finance and planning/disaster management meeting was applauded by the Caribbean delegation who indicated their keenness in replicating the idea in the Caribbean. The UNISDR commended and acknowledged the immense work on disaster risk management that’s been undertaken in the Pacific Region and reiterated their continued support and collaboration with the region and their role in ensuring that such achievements are shared in Geneva. Further, the excellent leadership of SOPAC with regards to disaster risk management was commended and applauded.

The key outcomes of each meeting can be accessed in the following summary records and communiqué:

1. 15th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting ; summary recordexternal link

2. Joint Pacific Regional Meeting of Meteorological Service Directors and Disaster Managers: summary recordexternal link

3. Summary record : 4th annual meeting of the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Networkexternal link

4. Communiqué : disaster risk management for sustainable development in Pacific Island Countries - the need for leadership by central agenciesexternal link



Monday 2nd June 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) – Suva, Fiji - Co-convened by the Secretariat of Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the 6th Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management officially opened today, Monday 2nd June at Hotel Novotel in Lami Bay, Fiji.

Opened by Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu, Fiji's Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests – the 6th Pacific Platform provides the region with a pivotal opportunity to shape disaster risk and climate change efforts for the next 20 years and beyond.

It will seek to gain support for the draft Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) and the development of the Post - 2015 Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction.

With the development of the SRDP, the Pacific is globally leading the way as the first region in the world to develop a regional strategy that integrates climate change and disaster risk management, while also nesting these priorities within the context of resilient development.