UN Humanitarian Chief Sir Mark Lowcock visits Fiji NDMO
Last month, UN Humanitarian Chief Sir Mark Lowcock held a talanoa session with members of first-responder Civil Society Organisations at the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).
Sir Lowcock took part in a discussion around the important role that the inter-agency cluster coordination in Fiji plays during disaster, along with the operational challenges and collaborative opportunities that can arise from these situations.
It was a great honour for the CommonSensing project and team to be represented at this event. Leba Gaunavinaka, one of UNOSAT’s three in-country experts, gave a talk about IPP CommonSensing and the project’s Disaster Risk Resilience application, which is currently under development. By working with the NDMO and UNOCHA, the project is working towards producing a sub-national INFORM Index for Fiji for use as a decision support tool towards DRR preparedness, mitigation and response. In addition, upon request from the Fijian NDMO, UNOSAT are also able to activate the Disaster Management Charter for rapid mapping assistance in the event of a disaster.