The two-day meeting brought together representatives from Pacific Island governments such as ministries of finance, planning, women, climate change, environment, infrastructure and agriculture, development partners, private sector, advocacy groups and oversight functions across the Pacific to share their knowledge around risk-informing development, specifically focusing on financing, gender and social inclusion and local level governance for risk-informed development.
A key lesson learned emerging from the discussions is the need for systems change within development planning and financing to adapt to the risks of climate change and disasters.
The Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, Karin Takeuchi explained, "If climate and disaster risks are not at the forefront of development, then development itself is unsustainable."
Echoing the same sentiments, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Environment in Solomon Islands, Dr. Melchior Mataki said, “Development itself can be a source of disasters.”
In order for development to change, we also need to see “development finance as climate finance” explained Climate Finance Specialist from the Fiji Ministry of Economy, Vineil Narayan.
The Governance for Resilient Development in the Pacific project is partnering with a range of partners including the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
Summer Lee, Partnership Liaison and Communications Specialist, Governance for Resilient Development in the Pacific, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji; tel: +679 322 7767; email: firstname.lastname@example.org