The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in casualties and people affected per inhabitant.
Promoting and enabling active participation of both women and men in training, planning and decision-making for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response is crucial for reducing vulnerability to natural calamities in the Pacific.
It is important to develop linkages with development programmes and climate change action to increase community resilience to natural disasters.
The European Commission provides humanitarian assistance to the Pacific region both in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency relief when major disasters strike.
In 2013, the European Commission identified the widespread sexual and gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea as a "forgotten crisis". It allocated €1.5 million to support protection and care systems for violence victims in the period 2014-2015.