From the Varysian website:
Globally, 90% of natural disasters are caused by weather and climate-related hazards. In the Pacific, the majority of hazards are weather and climate related. According to a World Bank report, the PICTs rank among the most vulnerable in the world to natural disasters. Cyclones accounted for 76% of reported disasters from 1950 to 2004 followed by earthquakes, droughts and floods. There is strong evidence, both globally and in the Pacific, on an increase in the observed intensity of weather and climate-related hazards and the frequency of more intense events.
Weather, climate, water and ocean (hydro-meteorological and ocean) services are essential components in national and regional sustainable development framework in the Pacific, particularly in poverty reduction efforts, climate change and disaster risk reduction.
The Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), CROP organisations, development partners, collaborating organizations and institutions take enormous pride in their contributions to sustainable development of the PICTs they have made to date. PMC-5 will assist with the coordination efforts of the NMHSs and partners to ensure that gaps in delivering appropriate and timely information to save lives are discussed and addressed.