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Meeting Report: 7th Pacific Humanitarian Team Regional Meeting



The 7 th PHT Regional Meeting was held at the Holiday Inn Suva in Fiji from 28 to 30 October 2014. The meeting has been held annually since 2008 to strengthen preparedness and response activities in support of disaster management authorities and affected people in the Pacific. This report aims to capture key points and actions arising from discussions and consultations during the meeting.

More than 120 people attended the event from national disaster management authorities, United Nations agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, civil society organizations, donor countries and the private sector. The agenda was guided by the phases of the HPC, with the aim of strengthening dialogue and partnership between NDMOs and the PHT by:

  • progressing the focus areas of the PHT Position Statement

  • strengthening the HPC for the Pacific

  • updating the PHT Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPREP)

  • providing inputs to the 2015 WHS Regional Consultations for the Pacific

  • developing 2014–2015 PHT cluster work plans with partners to use as a guide for cluster activities in support of NDMOs

  • ensuring inclusive practices within humanitarian activities.

A one-day closed session with representatives from the Pacific NDMOs and PHT Inter-Cluster Coordination Group representatives preceded the meeting on Monday 27 October. This day was a dedicated space ahead of the main meeting for NDMOs to share their experiences from the recent cyclone season and to outline their key priorities and challenges. These discussions were fed into the wider PHT meeting to ensure the needs of NDMOs remained at the core of discussions and consultations.

Further information about the meeting is available on the meeting website at


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