The Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management was convened at the Holiday Inn, Suva, Fiji on 24-26 October 2016. 185 participants from 18 nations and territories, including Pacific Island countries and territories, Australia, New Zealand and Japan attended. Participants were from the following stakeholder groups: national and local governmental organisations, multilateral organisations, international and regional organisations, civil society, private sector and academia. (Annex V: List of Participants).
The three-day meeting was an opportunity to inform national and regional stakeholders of the regional implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, as well as the newly adopted Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific: An Integrated Approach to Address Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (FRDP). The Platform also provided a space for the Pacific preparations of the upcoming Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Mexico in May 2017.
The Platform agreed on the following key outcomes among others:
Continued implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and commitment to adopting the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP) as guiding regional and national strategies to address disaster risk reduction and climate change.
Commitment to promoting mechanisms for school safety, through synergies and economies of scale; as well as agreement by the Governments of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to take part in UNISDR’s Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS) as School Safety Leaders.
Creation of a working group to coordinate the Pacific Delegation that will participate to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in May 2017; the facilitation of the stakeholders to the Global Platform will be enhanced by UNISDR.
Key outcomes have been consolidated into an Outcome Statement of the meeting. (Annex I) Separate outcome statements and voluntary statements of action drafted by the Pacific Coalition for the Advancement of School Safety, Australia and New Zealand were submitted. (Annex II, III and IV, respectively.)