The FRANZ agreement: France's complex involvement in South Pacific regional cooperation on emergency management

Vachette, Astrid (2013) The FRANZ agreement: France's complex involvement in South Pacific regional cooperation on emergency management. International Journal of Emergency Management, 9 (3). pp. 229-247.

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Abstract

In 1992, France, Australia and New Zealand decided to coordinate their emergency management efforts in the South Pacific through the FRANZ agreement to optimise their humanitarian assistance during disasters. The South Pacific is a complex area that requires regional cooperation. The FRANZ agreement provides a suitable framework for considering the political, economic and social difficulties that constrain efficient disaster management in Pacific islands. France's position on the FRANZ agreement is of particular concern in this paper. The country's unique geographic and diplomatic relationship with the South Pacific makes its position more complex than that of Australia and New Zealand. The FRANZ operations still face many challenges; however, the potential expansion of the partnership could provide a solution to the main challenge: going beyond simple emergency management and investing in disaster risk reduction and capacity building.

Item ID: 33397
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1471-5071
Keywords: capacity building; coordination; emergency management; empowerment; FRANZ agreement; humanitarian assistance; regional cooperation; risk reduction; South Pacific; France
Date Deposited: 25 May 2014 04:42
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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