Building resilience: humanitarian assistance, disaster risk reduction and social protection

2016-17 Budget Estimate:
$554.1 million

External shocks, including natural disasters, conflict, and economic shocks (such as food and fuel price spikes) severely undermine growth, reverse hard-won development gains and increase poverty and insecurity.

Australia’s region is highly vulnerable to these shocks, and their impact is becoming more extreme as climate-related disasters become more severe and frequent.

We need an effective humanitarian system to ensure timely, coordinated international responses to specific disasters. In line with our global responsibilities, Australia will respond promptly and effectively to humanitarian disasters.

Disaster preparedness, risk reduction and social protection help build the resilience of countries and communities. In our own region, Australia is also pursuing a number of measures to build the resilience of countries, communities and the most disadvantaged members of communities to future disasters and shocks.

For further information on how Australia provides humanitarian assistance and is building resilience in partner countries, see:

The World Humanitarian Summit

Next May, the World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul, to improve global humanitarian action and better meet the needs of millions of people affected by conflicts and disasters. It is the first global summit on humanitarian action of this size and will build on eight regional consultations and inclusive outreach efforts. The Summit is an initiative of the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, and will focus on humanitarian effectiveness; reducing vulnerability and managing risk; transformation through innovation; and serving the needs of people in conflict.

Australia, through DFAT, was proud to co-host the Pacific Regional Consultation with New Zealand and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Auckland, New Zealand from 30 June to 2 July 2015. A Regional Steering Group was established to guide the consultation process, with representatives from Member States, civil society, private sector, academia, regional organizations, Red Cross and the United Nations.

In preparation for the Summit,  OCHA launched an online consultation to collate ideas and recommendations on how to keep humanitarian action in the Pacific region fit for future crises. This was fed into the Pacific regional discussions and selected comments will be included in the final report to the United Nations Secretary-General.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Julie Bishop opened the Pacific Regional Consultation alongside New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon Murray McCully. Minister Bishop announced $2 million dollars for a Humanitarian Innovation Challenge – designed to encourage individuals, the public and private sectors, academics and NGOs to identify creative solutions to the challenges faced by Pacific communities as a result of natural disasters.

All information on the Consultation including proceedings and outcomes can be found on the World Humanitarian Summit website..

Last Updated: 3 May 2016
Above left: Dr Ian Norton, Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in Darwin, assisting a patient at the AusMAT medical facility in Darwin. Photo: Gemma Haines / DFAT. Above right: Parent volunteer and student, Pagasa Special Education Centre, San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines. Photo: Anne Rigby/DFAT







World Humanitarian Summit, regional consultation. Pacific. Auckland, 30 June to 2 July 2015. How can we improve humanitarian action in the pacific region? Join the discussion - we want to hear from you!