FIJI will host the first joint meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and the Pacific Climate Change Round Table in July next year.
The joint meeting will be held from July 8-12 in Nadi and will look to progress discussions on the development of an integrated Pacific regional strategy for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change which is targeted for completion before 2015.
The Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management is the annual opportunity for Pacific Island countries, territories and development partners and donors to share experiences and knowledge in building the resilience of their communities to disasters.
The purpose of this first joint meeting is to leverage the expertise of the DRM and Climate Change communities and canvas the views and aspirations of a range of stakeholder groups in relation to the development of an integrated strategy.
The outcomes of the meeting will also contribute to the development of the global Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
"We are targeting the involvement of ministers of government, civil society, non-government organisations, local/municipal government, community leaders, private sector, scientific community, donors and other stakeholders," Mosese Sikivou, the Deputy Director of the Disaster Reduction Programme at the Secretariat of the South Pacific Community.
Fiji will also be a part of history as the move to develop an integrated regional strategy for DRM and Climate Change makes the Pacific the first region in the world to take constructive steps towards combining regional, national and sub national efforts to reduce the risks to sustainable national development posed by disasters and climate change.