Partnership to increase service effectiveness

THE Pacific Community (SPC) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have signed an agreement that aims to increase the effectiveness of their service in assisting Pacific Island countries and territories in achieving their resilience building and development aspirations.

The four-year partnership was signed last week between SPC’s deputy director-general Dr Audrey Aumua and Anthony Freeman, WFP Pacific’s officer in charge.

Dr Aumua said the agreement reflected the resolve of the respective organisations to draw on each other’s expertise, competencies and resources for the benefit of Pacific Islands people.

“SPC is delighted to be working more closely with the regional Pacific Food Security Cluster (PFSC) to support the Pacific’s efforts in building capacities to better prepare for, and respond to external shocks and to strengthen resilience of the most vulnerable in the face of Climate Change and other crises,” Dr Aumua said.

Mr Freeman said WFP was honoured to be partnering with SPC and that WFP was committed to its mandate of disaster preparedness.

“The Pacific region is unlike any other in the world, and the World Food Programme is passionately committed to its mandate of disaster preparedness here. We are honoured to be partnering with SPC who share our dedication to Reaching the last mile.

“That is, working towards a Pacific where nobody is left behind when it comes to disaster preparedness and ensuring regional Governments’ have the highest standards of support available via alliances such as that formed here today,” said Mr Freeman.

This new partnership fosters better collaboration on emergency preparedness in the areas of food security, logistics and emergency telecommunications.

It includes supporting the development of an online platform for mapping of emergency relief items in the Pacific, exchanging information and experience as well as collaboration on communication upgrades and assessment activities that both organisations undertake in the Pacific region.

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