ROP has a good understanding of regional- and national-partner capacities through regional contingency planning, simulation exercises, disaster response and a 3W contact database of over 1,000 Pacific contacts, updated in 2012. A more formal mapping process and action plans could be considered/agreed in the second half of 2013.
Priority Regional Partners:
• PHT cluster lead agencies (FAO, IFRC, OHCHR, Save the Children, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women, WFP and WHO) and two UN RCs.
• UN Women and UN Gender Group –ROP has provided support in gender mainstreaming and inclusive approaches to disaster risk management.
• Pacific Regional Organizations: Council of Regional Organizations for the Pacific (SPC/SOPAC, PIFS). ROP is on the steering committee of the SPC-led consortium and the Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Management (PPDRM), which is the largest network of disaster risk reduction/disaster risk management and climate change adaptation partners in the Pacific Island region.
• Donors: ROP has strong partnerships with donors, especially AusAID, NZAID, USAID, ECHO and JICA. ROP also has a strong partnership with members of the FRANZ Agreement (France, Australia and New Zealand).
Priority National Partners:
• National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) – Priority countries, based on the GFM and regional context, include Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
• ROP implemented a formal agreement with the Fiji NDMO for a six-month capacity-strengthening initiative.
• ROP supported the establishment and continued growth of the Vanuatu Humanitarian Team.