TC Winston

More talks for National Humanitarian Policy

A second of round of consultations is being conducted by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management for the formulation of the National Humanitarian Policy for Disaster Risk Management.  As part of the Fijian Government’s post-cyclone Winston agenda to transform adversity into disaster and climate resilience, the policy aims to produce an overarching framework […]

Calvin Prasad

November 23, 2016 7:54 am

A second of round of consultations is being conducted by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management for the formulation of the National Humanitarian Policy for Disaster Risk Management. 

As part of the Fijian Government’s post-cyclone Winston agenda to transform adversity into disaster and climate resilience, the policy aims to produce an overarching framework to coordinate humanitarian action.

Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and NDMO permanent secretary Meleti Bainimarama said the consultations have been widespread encompassing government agencies, humanitarian clusters, non-governmental organisations, faith-based communities, the business sector, and other non-state humanitarian actors.

“Initial submissions were made by cluster leads and co-leads that were central to the Fiji Cluster System during TC Winston,” he said.

“The first round of consultations allowed us to put together the skeleton of the policy with key thematic areas but now we’re pushing consultations out to the wider humanitarian community to put meat into the draft skeleton we already have”.

Mr Bainimarama further stated that the consultations are inclusive and participation of the public is encouraged.

“We’re going out to the divisions and conducting discussions with faith-based communities and civil society groups in places like Labasa and Lautoka. At the end of this stage, there will also be a public session where those who become actively involved during disasters can make a submission.”

All consultations for the policy are expected to be completed by the end of November before submissions are made to Cabinet for approval.

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