Fiji City Joins Making Cities Resilience Campaign

8 March 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Lami, Fiji, has joined the UN disaster reduction campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City Is Getting Ready!”

Lami is the first Pacific island city to join the global Campaign, which has been regionally adapted to: “Making the Pacific Resilient – My community is getting ready!” Campaign objectives include: know more, through raising the awareness of citizens and governments at all levels of the benefits of reducing urban risks; invest wisely, through identifying budget allocations within local government funding plans to invest in disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities; and build more safely, including through mainstreaming DRR in participatory urban development planning processes and protecting critical infrastructure.

The aim of the Campaign is to enlist over 1,000 local government leaders to increase investment in DRR, including: improving urban planning, infrastructure and building safety; reinforcing drainage systems to reduce flood, storm and health threats; installing early warning systems; conducting public preparedness drills; and taking measures to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change. [UN/ISDR Press Release]