PACIFIC PAVILION

Our People, Our Journey: nurturing Pacific resilience from home 

The Pacific Pavilion was a collaborative learning and engagement space that showcases the scientific and technical innovations that have been created to reduce disaster risk in the Pacific. It  supported increased learning on disaster risk reduction strategies for Asia-Pacific delegates from all stakeholder groups.  

The Pacific’s integrated approaches to address climate change and disaster risk management have much to teach the rest of the region and the world. Pacific peoples have practiced resilience to natural hazards for generations: reading the weather on voyages across thousands of miles of ocean; looking to frigate birds to provide a warning when bad weather is impending; and preserving food in case of disasters.  

This ongoing approach to resilience in the region underpins the Pacific Pavilion. The space outlined science-to-action initiatives showcasing learnings from the region in how to make the Pacific genuinely resilient now and into the future. These learnings and indigenous knowledge are critical for the survival of Pacific peoples and the resilience of our planet. 

The Pacific Pavilion Activities were:

  • Learning discussions on Pacific issues including women, youth, government partners, scientists, and cultural knowledge holders
  • Interactive science to action space  
  • Interactive cultural sessions including discussion, storytelling, performance and indigenous voices 

Pacific Pavilion Agenda

Tuesday 20th September

 

Pacific Culture and Traditional Knowledge space

Pacific Learning Lounge

 

8.30-12.00

Pacific weavers, tapa and carving circles activated.

Pavilion space open for delegates to walk around and interact. Artwork and heritage art installations placed around the pavilion. Pacific artists and cultural knowledge holders from the Pavilion protocol in costume to facilitate and discussions and questions.

 

10.30-11.45am

Resilient Infrastructure and inclusivity

 

12.00-1.00

PACIFIC PAVILION SPACE CLOSED

 

1.00-1.30

Oceanic Storytelling: on the mat. Discussion on resilience being ‘preloaded’ into Pacific traditions and values. Discussion on traditional fish traps and resilience practices.

 

1.30-3.00

Pacific weavers and heritage art circles. Pavilion space open for delegates to walk around and interact with Oceanic Storytelling team. Artwork and heritage art installations placed in the pavilion.

 

3.00-3.30

Oceanic Storytelling session and music from the Pacific

3.00-3.45pm
Navigating the Political Economy of a Disaster Risk Finance Strategy – Lessons Learnt from Asia and the Pacific on how to secure political support for a DRF strategy

 

3.30-6.00

Pacific weavers and heritage art circles. Pavilion space open for delegates to walk around and interact with Oceanic Storytelling team. Artwork and heritage art installations placed in the pavilion.

 

4.00-4.45pm

Inclusive DRR and Climate Policies from a Pacific perspective

 

 

Wednesday 21st September

 

Pacific Culture and Traditional Knowledge space

Pacific Learning Lounge

 

8.30-11.00

Oceanic storytelling: on the mat with our women. Women’s knowledge and keepers of the land

 

10.30-11.15am

COVID-19 and business Recovery in the Pacific

 

11.00 -1.00

Oceanic storytelling: the issue of water in Oceania, resilience through indigenous knowledge systems

 

 

12.30-1.15pm

Learning from Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’api eruption experience Tonga

 

1.00 -3.00

Pacific weavers and heritage art circles. Pavilion space open for delegates to walk around and interact with Oceanic Storytelling team.

 

 

3.00 -3.30

Drums of the Pacific

3.00-4.00pm
Indigenous Disaster Risk Reduction and using traditional knowledge to understand our weather and resources.

 

3.30-5.30

Oceanic storytelling: stories of Pacific resilience through the pandemic

 

 

5.30-6.00

Pacific performers in the Pavilion

 

6.00-8.00

Pacific Pavilion closed

 

Thursday 22nd September

 

Pacific Culture and Traditional Knowledge space

Pacific Learning Lounge

 

8.30-11.00

Oceanic storytelling: stories of Pacific resilience through the pandemic

 

Oceanic Storytelling: On the mat discussions on Arts activism - Rise for Climate justice - Art is a powerful tool for advocacy, adaptation and resilience

10.30-11.15am

Resilient projects to support communities

 

11.00-11.30

 

11.30-12.30

Oceanic storytelling: stories of Pacific resilience through the pandemic

 

12.30-1.30

Oceanic Storytelling: On the mat with Simi Sevudredre and Letila Mitchell - Cultural resilience beyond the perception that culture is just handicrafts.

12.30-1.15pm

Leadership and learning: improved incident management for improved response

 

1.30-4.30

Pacific weavers and carving circles.

Pavilion space open for delegates to walk around and interact.

 

3.00-3.45pm

Access to action: ensuring access to finance for communities and driving resilience building broadly

 

 

4.30-5.30

Oceanic Storytelling: On the mat for Music for Social Change

 

5.30-7.00

Pacific Pavilion closes

 

The Pacific Resilience Partnership

The Pacific Pavilion was hosted by the Paci­fic Resilience Partnership (PRP). The PRP brings together voices from across the entire Paci­fic region to drive genuine, holistic, and inclusive resilience actions from communities to senior government and regional levels.

The PRP is driven by a Taskforce, which includes representatives from governments, civil society, gender and youth organisations, persons with disability, multilateral agencies, donors, local and regional organisations, private sector and international non-government organisations. This partnership implements and advocates the Framework for Resilient Development in the Paci­fic.

This work was underpinned by Paci­fic guiding values which include:

  • Prioritising the needs of the most vulnerable including women, children, youth, the elderly, and persons with disability in planning and implementation of all activities.
  • Ensuring that resilient development is sustainable and aims to alleviate poverty and hardship. Incorporating ecosystem-based services and functions in resilience building.
  • Strengthening and developing partnerships across countries and territories including sharing of lessons learnt and best practice but without compromising sovereignty and related considerations.

The representatives of the Pacific Resilience Partnership look forward to welcoming all delegates to experience the Pacific Pavilion.