Addressing the opening of the CPP meeting, he said “due to the frequency and intensity of natural disasters in the Pacific, national capacity can be stretched and left with limited resources to respond. Therefore, we – government and humanitarian agencies together – have the responsibility to ensure everyone – the women, men, girls and boys affected by disasters – all receive the assistance they need.”
Tavo added “I don’t need to remind anyone in this room that natural hazards – such as cyclones and drought – are a fact of life in the Pacific, or that climate change could make matters worse.”
“Once finalised, the CPP will capture all available information about existing disaster systems, structure and capacity in Fiji and serve as a briefing pack for national and incoming international staff during emergencies. Hence, its importance to get it right.”
The emergence of the Coronavirus pandemic has put on hold the development of the CPP and stakeholder consultations but this will continue once this subsides before it is presented to the Fiji Government for endorsement.
“We are very proud to support the Fiji Government in this endeavor to develop Fiji’s Country Preparedness Package. The support from UNDP through the funding of the Russian Federation will allow for rapid and effective humanitarian response that can contribute to disaster risk reduction,” said the Resident Representative for the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, Levan Bouadze.
Bouadze said “The people of the Pacific are most susceptible to disasters and climate risks, and Fiji is not immune. These hazards have devastating impact on livelihoods, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. It is pivotal that we have a one-stop-shop to gather information for disaster response. The CPP outlines and provides guidance to national and international actors on how we can collaborate and assist Fiji in disaster emergencies.”
The Head of UNOCHA Pacific, Anne Colquhoun added ‘Let us all support Fiji’s endeavors to be in the best possible position to respond to emergencies and be better prepared. The better we plan and prepare for disasters and better our response for the community for the people we are trying to work with, those who are most disadvantaged and to make sure that no one is left behind in an emergency.
The meeting was co-facilitated by NDMO, UNOCHA and UNDP RESPAC in January.
For more information contact:
Noud Leenders, UNDP Disaster Risk Management Advisor and RESPAC Project Manager; email: email@example.com
Andrea Waqa–Montu, RESPAC Communications Specialist, UNDP