Pacific SIDS Commit to Develop an Integrated Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Management

25 September 2012: The 4th session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management was convened by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The meeting was held alongside the Pacific Regional Water and Sanitation Consultations (RWSC) from 17-21 September 2012, in Noumea, New Caledonia.

The Pacific Platform concluded with commitment to develop an integrated Pacific regional strategy for disaster risk management and climate change. According to UNISDR, this will form part of the Pacific's contribution towards creating the new international framework, to succeed to the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA) ─ Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters, which is scheduled to be discussed at the next World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan, in 2015.

The RWSC provided an opportunity for the disaster and water and sanitation communities to interact and discuss cross-cutting issues in dealing with disasters, water management and climate risk. Participants identified strategies to contribute to the formulation of a new regional policy framework for the sustainable management of Pacific water resources over the next ten years. When developed, this new framework is expected supersede the 2002 Pacific Regional Action Plan. [UNISDR Press Release, 20 September 2012] [Pacific Water Press Release, 25 September 2012] [SPC Press Release, 20 September 2012] [SPC Press Release, 18 September 2012]