USP and WFP Join Forces to Strengthen Emergency Preparedness in the Pacific
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Mr Peter French, World Food Programme’s Head of Office in Fiji and Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and International after the Agreement signing.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and The University of the South Pacific (USP) this month signed an agreement that will strengthen collaboration on emergency preparedness activities in Fiji and the Pacific region, and ensure disaster responders are better equipped when the next disaster strikes.
“The University of the South Pacific is excited to be partnering with WFP – the world’s largest humanitarian agency,” said Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and International at the University.
“We look forward to exchanging best practices and innovative solutions that address hunger and promote food security,” he added.
The Agreement provides a framework within which the University and WFP will collaborate on the design and implementation of natural disaster emergency preparedness activities, with areas of collaboration encompassing research, data analysis, and capacity strengthening and infrastructure development.
“Our agreement with the University is incredibly important as it strengthens our collaboration and paves the way for future partnerships,” said Peter French, WFP acting Head of Office for the Pacific Region.
The Cooperation Framework Agreement was signed during the Pacific Islands Transport Forum at the University’s Laucala Campus on 9 November 2018.
Particular areas of interest going forward include engaging with public and private sector stakeholders on logistics and emergency telecommunications, as well as joint efforts towards developing low carbon, and sustainable shipping solutions in the Pacific region.
WFP has been present in the Pacific since 2015 when it responded to Tropical Cyclones Pam in Vanuatu and Winston in Fiji, and has since been working to strengthen regional government’s capacities to prepare for and respond to disasters.
In 2017, WFP expanded its support to the North Pacific, which is coordinated through the WFP Pacific office based in Fiji.
WFP is also working to support governments and other regional institutions to develop leadership, technical capacities and build greater efficiency in future humanitarian response actions.
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