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Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers Meeting Delegates at the Australian Museum in Sydney, 9 July.
Members of the 16-nation Pacific Islands Forum met in Sydney
on 9-10 July to discuss concrete steps in relation to the critical issue of disaster management in the region. The Pacific is one of the most disaster prone regions in the world; eight of the top 20 countries with the highest annual average disaster losses by GDP are in this region.
At the meeting Ministers agreed to promote faster and better coordinated responses by improving pre-positioning of emergency supplies and investing further in multi-hazard early warning systems. Ministers will also identify ways to partner more effectively with the private sector throughout the disaster management cycle. The meeting also considered ways to strengthen Forum members’ international engagement.