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ECHO Factsheet – The Pacific Region – September 2014

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Key messages

  • 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.

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