Fiji is making progress on its implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) after successfully drafting its National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy.
This was highlighted by the Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Anare Leweniqila, while delivering Fiji’s official statement at the 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in Ulaanaabatar, Mongolia on July 5th, 2018.
The drafting of Fiji’s disaster risk reduction policy indicates that Fiji is progressively achieving Target E of the Sendai Framework – “to substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020”.
Speaking to Ministers and senior Government officials from over 50 states from the Asia Pacific region, Leweniqila said that Fiji has embraced the Sendai Framework and recognizes that the State must take the lead role in reducing disaster risks.
Leweniqila said that Fiji was in the process of finalizing its national disaster risk reduction policy and would be on track to achieving Target E of the Sendai Framework.
“The development of the DRR policy is a step in the right direction in terms of providing a roadmap on public and private partnership opportunities with key stakeholders especially local government, private sector and other key stakeholders,” he said.
Adopted in 2015 by 187 nations at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan, the Sendai Framework outlines 7 clear global targets 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.
The AMCDRR takes place every two years.