Suva, Fiji – A Training of Trainers for Gender, Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change will be held at Tanoa Plaza, Suva from 21-22 January, 2010. The event is jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation.

The training will be opened by the Honorable Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Jiko Luveni, preceded by the opening remarks by the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative Knut Ostby.  The opening session is scheduled for 9am.

The training is targeted at government ministries working in the areas of disaster risk management and with vulnerable communities as well as community outreach officers affiliated to these departments.

Its objectives are to:

  • Familiarize government officials and field staff with key concepts referring to gender, disaster risk management and climate change;
  • Provide examples and exercises which facilitate the practical application of these concepts and evaluation and replication of best practices;
  • Train community outreach workers as “trainers of trainers” to ensure broad dissemination and application of this knowledge; and
  • Promote reflection and analysis of how to improve gender equity in relation to recurring disasters and ongoing climate change in the Pacific Islands’ contexts.

The training will be conducted by lead facilitator Karen Bernard, Programme Specialist in Disaster Reduction at the UNDP Pacific Centre, Stephanie Zoll, Community-Based Disaster Risk Management Advisor at SOPAC, Minako Kakuma, Humanitarian Affairs Officer at UNOCHA and Vuli Gauna, Disaster Coordinator at the Fiji Red Cross Society.

All participants will be provided with kits to help them to facilitate training programmes in their local communities, with NGOs and other relevant groups working in the area of disaster risk management.     

Contact information
UNDP Pacific Center Communications Associate, Shobhna Decloitre, tel: 3300399; email:

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