Vanuatu commits to strengthen​ing climate change and disaster risk governance

Vanuatu commits to strengthening climate change and disaster risk governance
PORT VILA, 25 SEPTEMBER 2013 (UNDP) ---- The National Advisory Board on Climate Change and Disaster Risk
Reduction (NAB) with support from the Pacific Risk Resilience (PRR) programme organized a one-day
inception workshop for a nation-wide the Risk Governance Assessment in Vanuatu.
While significant progress has been achieved during the last two years, remaining weaknesses in
coordination and governance mechanisms in the climate and disaster risk sector continue to lead to
stakeholder confusion, duplication of efforts, excessive time and resource demands on a limited number of
actors, and a less effective delivery of services to ni-Vanuatu people.
The objective of this Assessment was to analyze current climate and disaster risk capacities, strengths and
weaknesses at all levels (national, provincial and local), evaluate critical institutional functions and their
performance by Vanuatu’s national institutions, and suggest mechanisms and improvements to make best
use of strengths or remedy weaknesses. Most importantly, the Risk Governance Assessment will inform and
contribute to the development of a much needed climate change and disaster risk reduction policy to
benefit of the people of Vanuatu.
The participants included the Director General of the new Ministry of Climate Change who acknowledged
UNDP and AusAID for assisting the Government with the Risk Governance Assessment through the PRR
programme. “Thank you for providing funds to help improve sectors mainstreaming climate change
adaptation and disaster risk reduction...while Vanuatu is taking lead in this role, the only missing issue is
linking the sectors therefore we have the Risk Governance Assessment team to assist us”.
Napat continued to state that “climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction are broader
sustainable development and we welcome everyone’s view in this Risk Governance Assessment exercise”.
Following on from this inception workshop, the team will have follow up meetings with stakeholders at the
national level and in two provinces.
The Pacific Risk Resilience (PRR) Programme will focus on strengthening governance mechanisms for disaster
risk management and climate change adaptation at the sub-national and local levels. The programme is
supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and implemented by UNDP for
an initial period of five years in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Fiji....PACNEWS
For more information, please contact: Sheryl Ho, UNDP Knowledge Communications Analyst, tel: (679) 322-
7504 or email:
Moortaza Jiwanji, Programme Coordinator, Pacific Risk Resilience Programme, tel: (679) 330 0399 or email: