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Building a joint a strategy for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change in the Pacific by 2015

Display Date: 7/16/13

The first-ever Joint Meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management (PPDRM) and Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) convened on the 12th of July under the theme 'Strengthening Resilience: An Integrated Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change in the Pacific.' The meeting was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

In 2011, the Pacific Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and climate change communities agreed to combine efforts to develop an integrated regional DRM and climate change strategy by 2015. Pacific leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in 2015 will consider the regional strategy and, if endorsed, the Pacific will be the first region in the world with an integrated plan to tackle disaster risk and climate change.

The meeting outcomes will also contribute to the development of: the global post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR), to replace the current Hyogo Framework for Action; and the post-2015 development agenda. During the meeting, SPREP Director-General David Sheppard stated that while changes to existing systems can seem threatening and discussions have occurred regarding implications of an integrated strategy for funding, and the roles and responsibilities of different agencies, at national and regional levels, 'integration is not a threat – it's an opportunity.' Sheppard highlighted four key points from the meeting: any strategy must enable and support national action; ownership and inclusion is essential; good governance must underpin any strategy; and work in the region must inform international efforts on DRR and climate change.

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