32nd International Conference: Side event on strengthening legal preparedness for disasters and disaster risk reduction in the Pacific

Tuesday 8 December, 18:00–19:00, Room 7/8

Hosts: Fiji Red Cross Society, Vanuatu Red Cross Society, Samoa Red Cross Society

Small island states are disproprtionately affected by natural disasters and climate change.   Small, isolated, and often consisting of islands scattered over a wide expanse of ocean, they are uniquely exposed to sea level rise and enviornmental disasters.  As such, disaster risk reduction and preparedness is a key priority – including legal preparedness. 

Through a combination of role play and interactive discussion, this side event will showcase the experiences of the Pacific Islands in addressing regulatory problems and strengthening their legal frameworks for disaster risk management.

Facilitator: Mr. Filipe Nainoca, Director-General, Fiji Red Cross Society

Opening remarks: H.E. Ambassador Nazhat Shameem, Fiji Permanent Representative to United Nations Office in Geneva


  • Mrs. Jacqueline de Galliande, Chief Executive Officer, Vanuatu Red Cross Society
  • Mrs. Tautala Mauala, Secretary General, Samoa Red Cross Society
  • Mrs. Fine Tu’itupou-Arnold, Secretary General, Cook Islands Red Cross Society
  • Mr. David Fisher, Head of Disaster Laws Programme, IFRC

More information

Start Date : 08 December 2015 18:00
End Date : 08 December 2015 19:00
Location : CICG, Geneva, Switzerland
Region : - Global -
Areas of activity : Disaster law

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