Region strengthens disaster responsiveness

Update: 11:28AM THE vulnerability of Pacific women and children to natural disaster had led to the collaboration of experts from right Pacific Island countries to strengthen disaster responsiveness.

A conference is now hosted in Nadi where the Government and the World Bank Group are working to build resilience and strengthen disaster risk management across the Pacific.

Acting Minister for Women Jone Usamate said the meeting is a result of the vulnerability of women and children in the Pacific who are at the forefront of natural disasters with the Pacific having experienced three category five cyclones in the past few years.

“We (Fiji) strongly believe that it is an important step in fostering strategic regional coordination and technical practitioners´┐Ż network that will undoubtedly help us here in the Pacific advance our social protection mechanisms,” he said.

World Bank regional director Asia Pacific Bureau David Kaatrud urged participants to use the inaugural event to establish new relationships and strengthen old ones and share information to advance shock responsive ´┐Ż social protection systems in the region.

The conference will also consider the potential synergies to be gained from bringing together social protection and emphasize on investment in government capacity to respond to shocks through greater preparedness.

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