Meeting Statement: Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management; The Way Forward: Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific, 2-4 June 2014, Suva, Fiji

WE, the representatives of Pacific Island Countries and Territories , Timor Leste, civil society organisations, regional organisations and development partners attending the Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Suva, 2-4 June 2014;

MINDFUL, of the challenge of strengthening the climate and disaster resilience of the Pacific islands region in the context of sustainable development;

COMMIT to an ongoing inclusive and collaborative effort involving all stakeholders and ensuring that the needs of the most vulnerable groups are given paramount consideration;

IN relation to the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction:

  1. ENDORSE the evolving concept of disaster risk management referred to as part of the United Nations Special Representative for the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction “Proposed Elements for Consideration in a Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction” and the need to strengthen action to prevent risk accumulation and build resilience.

  2. RECOGNISE that preventing and reducing disaster risk require whole-of-society institutions’ engagement and leadership.

  3. ACKNOWLEDGE the contributions of the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015) in assisting the Pacific region to build stronger and more resilient communities to disasters.

  4. ENCOURAGE a Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction to link where appropriate with the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Change Agreements to strengthen coherence and mutual reinforcement of international mechanisms.

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