[by Rex Horoi & Stu Solomon | 3rd WCDRR Sendai | 16 March 2015 | Day 3]
At a side event held today for South East Asia and the Pacific Island Groups, two GNDR Board Members, Lorna Victoria and Rex Horoi respectively, facilitated a regional dialogue discussion, with assistance from GNDR Secretariat staff, under the banner of GNDR's Reality Check campaign. A lively conversation took place amongst the members of these two diverse regions that share the common characteristic of having many islands. As well, this gathering demonstrated the cementing of cooperation and creating a better inter-regional understanding between these two regions in addressing specific needs of their communities in the DRR and Climate Change challenges. The dialogue discussion concluded with the following proposals going forward.
- to come together to strengthen coherence in policies, implementation and monitoring between climate change adaptation, DRR and the SDGs. Specifically, there was interest in exploring learning from the Pacific region relating to the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP).
- to explore learning and knowledge about small scale disasters and small island states and to develop a learning and knowledge zone to support the region. This would highlight existing knowledge and work in the region such as ADRRN's resilience survey.
- to reflect on the new DRR framework and identify ways that civil society can work together to support the monitoring process at both the national and local level. Focus on implementation and role of civil society: continue discussion with regions.
- to explore how to build linkages in the work we are doing between the SE Asia and Pacific region, as well as linkages between other regional and thematic networks.