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Fiji Reaffirms Commitment to Sendai Framework at Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

June 2, 2017

SUVA – Fiji’s commitment to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015 – 2030) was reaffirmed by Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, Mr. Meleti Bainimarama, while recently attending the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico.

PS Bainimarama at GlobalPlatformForDisasterRiskReduction
Permanent Secretary Bainimarama [2nd from left] responds to questions at a Pacific Side Event at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico

Speaking at a Plenary Session on the “Coherence between the Sendai Framework, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and Climate Change”, Mr. Bainimarama said that Fiji is shifting from a culture of reaction to a culture of prevention, directing more effort and resources toward preparedness than response which is at the heart of the Sendai Framework.

“At country level, Fiji earnestly supports and is committed to the shift from disaster management to disaster risk management”, Mr. Bainimarama said. “For Fiji, the call to action is real and necessary”.

Mr. Bainimarama also shared Fiji’s experiences of resilience after Tropical Cyclone Winston and deliberated on Fiji’s disaster risk management initiatives, which include the development of disaster related legislation and roles; the development of a National Relocation Guideline; annual budgeting for risk reduction infrastructural projects; gender inclusive initiatives; alignment with the ‘build back better’ strategy; and the development of the Fiji National Cluster System and the National Humanitarian Policy.

Over 5,000 participants, including world leaders, were present at the Global Platform in Cancun, Mexico.

About the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030)
Adopted in 2015 by 187 nations at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan, the Sendai Framework outlines 7 clear targets and 4 action priorities which should lead to significant reduction in disaster risks and losses in lives, health, and livelihoods.

Following Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016, Fiji was recognized as a Sendai Target Champion by UNISDR for Reduction in Disaster Mortality which is Target 1 of the Sendai Framework.

To read more about the Sendai Framework, visit http://www.unisdr.org/we/coordinate/sendai-framework.

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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 multiple offices in all 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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