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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

Photo: UN OCHA Pa­cific

From left: Howard Poli­tini, Emele Duitu­turaga and Mo Sikivou at the World Hu­man­i­tar­ian Summit in Is­tan­bul, Turkey.

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