The taskforce was established by the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders to begin implementation of the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP).
This framework is the overarching strategy that seeks to promote an integrated approach to managing and coordinating responses to climate change and disaster risk management in the Pacific region.
The taskforce has taken an inclusive approach to governance, with 15 key stakeholders participating – five representing Pacific countries and territories (constituencies), five for civil society and the private sector, and five for regional organisations and development partners.
Armistead attended on behalf of Cook Islands as the member representing the Polynesia constituency.
“This is a unique opportunity to actively engage with all the main stakeholders, each with an equal voice, and bringing their wide experiences and different perspectives to the table” said Armistead.
“The key to success will be how well the taskforce is able to coordinate the complicated space that climate change and disaster risk management has become in the Pacific.”
The first meeting was focused on getting a clear idea of the taskforce’s role and building the networks that will underpin the work of the members in the first two years.
Given the breadth of climate change and disaster risk management activities in the Pacific, the members concentrated on developing criteria to align these activities to the FRDP.
They also acknowledged that it was important to develop comprehensive communication tools to assist the taskforce in driving, enhancing and promoting resilient regional development initiatives.