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MoU Signed To Review Disaster Law

MoU Signed To Review Disaster Law
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama
March 09
11:00 2018

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to review Fiji’s disaster risk management legislation was signed on Wednesday.

The signing between the Fijian National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), including the Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) follows the Fijian Government’s initial declaration to review legislation dealing with disasters.

These legislations include the 1998 Natural Disaster Management Act and the 1995 National Disaster Management Plan.

The NDMO sought the assistance of the IFRC based on their wide experience and expertise in international disaster humanitarian law.

The signing of the MOU starts a partnership of research, consultation and technical and legislative support that will result in a revised and appropriate disaster legislative framework for the people of Fiji.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Meleti Bainimarama, was present during the signing of the MOU said: “It is important to have relevant legislation that clearly lays out the structure and responsibilities of the government, key responders and humanitarian partners in both periods of peacetime and disasters.

“While our current 20-year-old legislative framework has been a good basis for Government’s current disaster management structure, the increasing intensities of disasters and extreme weather events caused by climate change force us to ensure the relevance of our disaster management laws and policies to this new reality,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He said the review will contemplate new emerging issues not considered before like climate change, gender, disability and the cluster disaster coordination arrangement.

IFRC Head of the Country Cluster Support team in the Pacific Kathryn Clarkson said updating legislation to strengthen government-led responses and resilient development is both important and timely.

“We commend the Fijian Government on the timing of this work and also for looking to FRCS and IFRC for support.

“Over the past 10 years we have provided similar support to a number of Pacific governments and we look forward to working with both the government and FRCS in their efforts to create more resilient communities in Fiji.

FRCS director general Filipe Nainoca echoed Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s sentiments saying that the Society is privileged to work with the Government in this very important endeavour.

“As an auxiliary to the Government and partner in Disaster Response and Recovery, we at Fiji Red Cross look forward to supporting the Government throughout the entire process of this review.

“We are confident that the review will produce a Disaster Law that will be good for Fiji and its people.

“This partnership continues to strengthen our relationship with the Government of Fiji,” Mr Nainoca added.

The review period will be 10 months resulting in a proposed revised National Disaster Management Plan and a Parliamentary Bill on amendments to the Natural Disaster Management Act.



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