Planning for a disaster vital

Dec 8, 2017

22 participants from eight provinces successfully graduated with certificates today from a two weeks training on disaster planning for communities organised by the UPNG, National Disaster Centre and UNDP. ©Kim Allen/UNDP

Port Moresby, 8 December 2017Today’s graduation of 22 reprensentatives from eight provinces in disaster risk management will improve PNG’s capacity to save the lives of Papua New Guineans in times of natural disasters.

This successful cohort of students have been drawn from across the country, representing Provincial Disaster Offices as well as staff from Provincial Administrations. The group comprises male and female staff representing the first graduates from an intensive, two-week training program delivered as part of United Nations Development Programme’s ongoing efforts to support PNG build its capacity to respond to the ever-present threat natural disasters pose.

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Mr Roy Trivedy said:‘PNG is ranked among the 10 most disaster-prone countries in the world. It is vulnerable to regular natural disasters and faces threats from a wide range of hazards. These include flooding, cyclones, landslides, drought and earthquakes.” 

This two-week program focused on building the skills of its graduates to improve disaster planning for communities in their respective provinces. Among its objectives, was to help participants understand the importance of risk assessment and risk reduction across broader provincial planning efforts and policies.

This initiative was made possible through UNDP’s ongoing collaboration and partnership with the Comprehensive Hazards and Management (CHARM) Centre at the University of Papua New Guinea and the National Disaster Centre (NDC). The project is financially supported by the Government of Australia.

Topics included understanding risk and risk management, ways to improve communication and planning and how to better educate communities on what they themselves could do to build their resilience to the impact of natural disaster.

This latest initiative follows UNDP’s recent efforts to support the Government of PNG develop a National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and associated policies.

‘We should not take for granted the importance of advocating for continuing investment in this area. It is often easy to forget that what we are ultimately trying to do, is build the resilience of communities across the country. I would like to congratulate this first cohort on their successful completion of the course. I believe this has been a great investment and hope it will continue into the future,’ said Mr Trivedy.

The course was run from 27 November to 7 December . It was delivered by the University of Papua New Guinea and NDC. The course is schedule to run again in 2018.  

Contact information

Serahphina Aupong, UNDP Communications Officer, 73748724, serahphina.aupong@undp.org

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