The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and representatives of Pacific Island countries and territories will be among those gathering in Japan for the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The conference aims to agree on a new post 2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The Pacific will be showcased as the first region in the world to fully integrate climate change and disaster risk management into a single overarching framework, the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific.
A Side Event and Booth are being organised by SPC in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The side event, ‘Building Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in the Pacific’ will:
- Share progress made by the Pacific region in the development of the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific and raise awareness of this new integrated strategy – a first of its kind; and
- Share experiences in the development and implementation of integrated effective climate and disaster risk management approaches.
Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific
At a regional level, the Pacific has developed: The Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP). The SRDP will succeed the existing separate regional frameworks on disasters and climate change (respectively, the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action, commonly referred to as the Regional Framework for Action or RFA, and the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change or PIFACC), which both end in 2015.
The overall goal of the SRDP is to strengthen the resilience of Pacific Island communities to the impacts of slow and sudden onset natural hazards by developing more effective and integrated ways to address climate and disaster risks, within the context of sustainable development. To achieve this goal, the SRDP provides targeted high-level strategic guidance to key stakeholder groups that are recognized as having a critical role to play in addressing the challenges posed by CC and disasters in the Pacific.
The SRDP has been endorsed in principle by both the SPREP Meeting (September 2014) and the SPC Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (November 2014). It will then be presented for final endorsement by the region at the 2015 Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (scheduled to take place in PNG in August).
- Message from the Pacific Community Director General
- UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, Sendai Japan
For more on the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific please visit Pacific Disaster Net: