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31 March, 2017

SUVA – Government is committed to strengthening the Fiji Cluster System which will improve humanitarian coordination and overall response in times of disasters.

This was alluded to this week by Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Mr. Meleti Bainimarama, in an address to members of the Inter-Cluster Group.

Adopted initially in 2011, the Fiji Cluster System groups humanitarian and disaster response agencies in sectoral clusters such as food security, health, or communications, to improve and streamline humanitarian coordination with existing national frameworks of disaster management.

Speaking to leaders of various clusters, Mr. Bainimarama said that this year will undoubtedly be the most important year for building the future of the Fiji Cluster system and placing the building blocks for a stronger, more-resilient Fiji. 

He said, “While forging this new future, this Inter-Cluster Group is the most vitally important interface between humanitarian actors in Fiji and the Fiji Government”.

Areas in which work will concentrate include assessment, monitoring, and reporting systems; public messaging on emergencies and preparedness; capacity building on disaster risk management, disability, and gender; a guidance manual for humanitarian workers in Fiji; national and local disaster risk management training and simulation exercises; local access to psycho-social training; and the inclusion of private sector in disaster risk management.

Mr. Bainimarama mentioned that humanitarian partners should be willing to work with Government to improve the Fiji Cluster system and improve coordination for the betterment of all Fijians.

The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management coordinates and implements the Fijian Government’s rural and maritime development initiatives with a mission to empower Fiji’s rural sector. We are also responsible for the national disaster management strategy focusing on building resilient communities. We have offices in each of Fiji’s 14 provinces leading the Fijian Government’s rural development and disaster management operations.  For more information about the Ministry and its work visit: www.ruraldev.gov.fj. 
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