PNG to set up disaster risk reduction body

2:17 pm on 19 March 2015

Papua New Guinea's Government says it is setting up a commission to liaise with domestic and international organisations dealing with disaster-related issues.

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. Photo: Supplied

This was revealed by PNG's ambassador to Japan, Gabriel Dusava, at this week's World Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Sendai City in Japan.

He told the United Nations conference that a bill to set up a Disaster Risk Reduction Commission was awaiting approval by PNG's Parliament.

The newspaper, The National reports the Commission would be a focal point for liaison with sub-regional, regional and international organisations dealing with disaster-related issues.

PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill this week said Pacific island nations must increase their defence against natural disasters after the Category-5 Cyclone Pam lashed Vanuatu causing widespread damage.

Mr O'Neill said extreme weather events in the region seem to be getting worse.