Technical Working Groups

The Technical Working Groups (TWG) are established by either the Pacific Resilience Meeting or the PRP Taskforce to focus on relevant key or emerging priorities and will be defined, evolve, and be time bound as needed to identify and progress actions to support the implementation of the three goals of the FRDP.

Their membership is open to all countries, territories, CROP agencies and stakeholders with inputs welcome from all. TWG will have a clear Terms of Reference, be result focused and include milestones, timelines and sunset clauses. TWG report to the PRP Taskforce through the Support Unit, as an administrative function, and provide updates to the Pacific Resilience Meeting.

Risk Governance and Resilient Development TWG

The Risk Governance TWG is co-chaired by Fiji and Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Directors. The TWG was a direct outcome of the 2018 meeting in Legislating and Policymaking for Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management Workshop and the 2019 Pacific Resilience Meeting which emphasized the need for legal frameworks and institutional support mechanisms for disaster risk management to be strengthened in order to clarify roles and responsibilities and provide certainty and authority in times of disaster. Current membership includes NDMO and legal offices across the region and partners, including Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, PIFS, SPC, IFRC, UNDRR, UNOCHA, and PILON.

The TWG has commissioned a Pacific legal mapping, which will analyse the legislative and policy linkages between climate, disaster and health responses in the Pacific, at both domestic and regional levels. This work is being supported by IFRC and being peer reviewed by the countries that have volunteered to be part of this review.

Disaster Risk Financing TWG

The Disaster Risk Financing (DRF) TWG was established in 2019 in response to a need to better understand the current landscape of existing disaster risk financing mechanisms available to the region and the gaps. The TWG current membership includes Fiji Ministry of Economy, Tonga Ministry of Finance, Samoa Ministry of Finance, SPC, FAO, Australia Pacific Climate Partnership, WFP, UNDRR, OCHA, PFIP/PICAP, Worldbank, ADB, MFAT, DFAT, Oxfam Pacific, Citywide Youth Network and Fiji National Provident Fund.

At the 2021 Pacific Forum Economic Minister Meeting (FEMM), agreed that the TWG will serve as an expert group for advisory support to FEMM on Disaster Risk Finance. The TWG as a collaboration of partners and Forum Island Countries, facilitate priorities of the FEMM in the DRF space and ensure the Economic Ministers are regularly apprised of new and emerging opportunities for strengthened financial protection against disasters.

Human Mobility (migration, displacement and relocation) in the context of increasing climate and disaster risk

The Human Mobility TWG is chaired by the International Organization on Migration (IOM). The TWG was established to the 2019 Pacific Resilience Meeting Outcomes which called for all partners to address issues of climate-driven and disaster-induced displacement and planned relocation with such collaboration requiring improved understanding of diverse community needs, experiences, knowledge, capacity and perspectives. Current membership includes representatives from Governments, UN Agencies Development Partners, NGO’s CROP, academia and youth. TWG-Human Mobility provides a space for coordination of activities, including regional programmes in the field of disaster displacement and climate mobility, led by TWG members and enables the exchange of practices, discussion of regional policies and joint approaches, as well as enable and support Pacific inputs to global policy discussions.

In 2021, the TWG organized the Pacific Regional Consultation on Internal Displacement in collaboration with the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Internal Displacement. The meeting was a demonstration of strong collaboration through the PRP with the TWG facilitating a platform for Pacific national governments to dialogue and share their perspectives on issues of internal displacement with a global mechanism that is tasked with finding solutions to the global internal displacement crisis. It was a practical and tangible example of the potential value-add of the TWG and in this particular case serving as a regional expert platform with the capacity to support governments and partners on specific issues.

Localisation TWG

 

The TWG on Localization is co-chaired by PIANGO, FemLink and Fiji Disabled People’s Federation. The focus of the TWG is to establish communities of best practice actively engaging in knowledge sharing in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The TWG will also highlight the need to support localized women-led humanitarian responses by bringing attention to existing women led initiatives that also prevent age and disability exclusion so that diverse women leaders must be driving community-based responses to ensure long-term sustainability by strengthening the humanitarian and development nexus. The TWG membership includes various humanitarian and development actors from government, civil society, private sector, Faith-based Organizations (FBO) and Community-based Organizations (CBO) covering over 22 Pacific Islands and Territories.

It commissioned a mapping survey to identify who is doing what in Humanitarian action in the region, document the support mechanisms in place and use the information to develop a plan to strengthen and build on the current work. The outcomes of the survey has been documented in a report and launched through the PRP webinar series on May 25, 2021. The results of the mapping activity has been compiled into a report and was endorsed by the TWG members in February 2021. Click below to retrieve a copy.

 

Information Knowledge Management (IKM) TWG

The Information Knowledge Management (IKM) TWG is chaired by PNG with SPC as the Secretariat. The IKM TWG was established in 2011 to support the work of the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) and its terms of reference and scope of work was further modified in 2019 in line with the establishment of the PRP. Current membership includes 11 PICs and development partners. A five-point strategy was developed to guide the focus and the work of the TWG which includes knowledge brokering, developing case study products, compiling IKM regional assessment reports and explore opportunities raised from the Pacific Data Hub & the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership.