TC Winston

New UN appeal hopes to raise $81.85m for Fiji

The United Nations and the Fijian Government jointly launched an international Fiji Flash Appeal for Cyclone Winston at Suvavou House today. Launching the appeal today, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the needs taken to the community of nations reflected the priorities of the Fijian Government. We are stronger than Winston. We will recover. And we will rebuild. […]

Peni Shute

March 4, 2016 12:30 pm

The United Nations and the Fijian Government jointly launched an international Fiji Flash Appeal for Cyclone Winston at Suvavou House today.

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama at the launching of the flash appeal this morning. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama at the launching of the flash appeal this morning. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

Launching the appeal today, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the needs taken to the community of nations reflected the priorities of the Fijian Government.

We are stronger than Winston. We will recover. And we will rebuild. And we will do so with our many friends in the community of nations with whom we stand so proudly, and especially at this time.

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama having a word with the UN Resident Coordinator in the Pacific, Osnat Lubrani and other ambassadors to Fiji after the launching of the flash appeal. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama having a word with the UN Resident Coordinator in the Pacific, Osnat Lubrani and other ambassadors to Fiji after the launching of the flash appeal. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

PM Bainimarama said they looked forward to the generosity of UN member states.

Even in these dark times, we can all take comfort from one shining truth. That we are a caring nation.

With our tenacity and the generosity of UN member states, we must work together to meet the unprecedented need that Cyclone Winston has left in its wake. We look to the world to assist Fiji to fully get back on its feet.

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama after the launching of the flash appeal. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama after the launching of the flash appeal. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

UN Resident Coordinator in the Pacific, Osnat Lubrani said the Flash Appeal is being put together through the cluster system that is under the leadership of Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office and government ministries.

The  Flash Appeal is being put together through the cluster system that is under the leadership of the NDMO, the cluster system is led by the government ministries, different government ministries with co-leads from the humanitarian community and so the funds will go through the different humanitarian agencies, but in a sense that partnership with the government is integrated into that.

Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu and the UN Resident Coordinator in the Pacific, Osnat Lubrani during a press conference after the flash appeal launch this morning. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu and the UN Resident Coordinator in the Pacific, Osnat Lubrani during a press conference after the flash appeal launch this morning. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

Coordinator Lubrani said this is the first time that Fiji has ever done a Flash Appeal.

The Flash Appeals speaks about 90days, so this the time when its about getting the basic things they need, we need to get the children back to school, we need to get the health facilities up and running. There are evacuation centres that are too crowded, it raises risks of health issues, so they are very immediate humanitarian needs. Certainly recovery is already beginning and some UN agencies that are not so focussed on humanitarian such as UNDP have ongoing development programs where we are orienting to the recovery needs, but right now the focus is on the humanitarian phase that has to take presidence and later we will be working with the Ministry of Finance  and planning some of the donor that will be helping the country develop and prioritize the recovery plan.

Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu responded to questions on why the flash appeal was not launched earlier, he said the timing was critical and the provision of correct information to donors was critical.

Timing is critical but what’s also essential is the right information that needs to get to our partners, we need to be providing them with facts. We need to provide them with information because particular donors, they also have their own criteria’s and for us to be meeting the expectations of our partners. While we are aware of the fact that timing is critical, but its the information we share with them that is also critical.

According to information released today:

  • USD$38.6m (FJD$81.85m) is required, from Feb-May 2016
  • 350,000 people affected by the cyclone (170k women, 180k men)
  • 24,000 houses damaged or destroyed
  • 250,000 people in need of water, sanitation and hygiene assistance
  • 60,000 primary and secondary school students affected (29,100 female, 30,800 male)
  • 60 million damage to agriculture is estimated at around USD 60,000,000 with up to 100 % of crops damaged in some areas.
  • 38% initial assessments indicate that 38% or 63 health facilities will need rehabilitation.

Flash Appeal

A Flash Appeal is an internationally recognized tool used to secure funds for United Nations agencies and partners quickly to support government-led emergency responses in a coordinated way.

The goals of a Flash Appeal are to:

  • Rapidly raise funds to support urgent humanitarian and life-saving priorities.
  • Ensure that the most critical needs are prioritized.
  • Support the Government in knowing which organizations and what projects are seeking to fund, to ensure transparency and accountability.

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