13 Jul 2015

Call for Pacific to lead on disaster preparedness

2:59 pm on 13 July 2015

Pacific foreign ministers say Pacific countries must lead national and regional efforts to support disaster preparedness and build resilience to disasters.

Last week's meeting under the auspices of the Pacific Islands Forum in Sydney called on international partners, regional organisations, the private sector and NGOs to support government-led processes for disaster-related assistance.

The Ministers say investment in multi-hazard early warning systems, transport and telecommunications infrastructure are cornerstones to enhanced resilience.

A regional response to the risks associated with disasters and climate change was also discussed through the development of the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilience in the Pacific.