Pacific emergency response needs a tailored approach

Delegates at the recent World Humanitarian Summit in Auckland have concluded that a one-size fits all approach to natural disasters is not appropriate for the Pacific islands, as different communities have different needs.

The regional summit was called to consider emergency response solutions at a time when more frequent natural disasters are expected as a result of climate change.

In their report, delegates recommend building capacity so local officials can take the lead when disaster strikes.

Vincent Omuga, Acting Head of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Pacific, says the different capacities of countries to deal with disasters make a tailored approach necessary.