FIJI IS WELL REPRESENTED IN HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL
Howard Politini is representing the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) in next week’s World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. He works in a disaster response role for the Bank the South Pacific and has been involved in establishing the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council. The summit will be held from May 23-24, 2016.
Testimony: Why are you going to Istanbul?
I am going to Istanbul to put a face and a voice to the Pacific’s need for humanitarian action in times of natural disaster.
What is the main message you will be delivering to participants at the Summit?
The main message I will be delivering is that the Pacific’s Small Island Developing States are insufficiently resourced to effectively respond to the challenges of climate change and related natural disasters.
What do you hope the Summit will achieve?
I hope the Summit will secure a global commitment to put people at the centre of needs based responses to humanitarian situations. These responses must be suited to the respective needs that characterise each region.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Pacific
From left: Howard Politini, Emele Duituturaga and Mo Sikivou at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.