Regional Office for the Pacific


Highlights 2012

  • OCHA responded to five emergencies in 2012: two floods in Fiji, Tropical Cyclone Jasmine in Vanuatu, Typhoon Bopha in Palau and Tropical Cyclone Evan in Samoa and Fiji. 
  • OCHA worked with Pacific Island Countries to improve coordination arrangements, and to increase the in-country emergency response capacity by supporting the establishment of a national cluster system in Fiji, the expansion of the Vanuatu Humanitarian Team (VHT), the development of a coordinated needs assessment process in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and the collection of Common Operational Datasets (CODs) and Fundamental Operational Datasets throughout the Pacific Island region. 
  • The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) was formally endorsed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in February 2012, linking the team with the global humanitarian system and demonstrating the need for the permanent activation of clusters in the Pacific Island region. OCHA ROP commissioned a PHT performance review to document past response, achievements and challenges, and to identify future priorities.
Destruction caused by the tsunami that hit Samoa in 2012. © OCHA