Building drought resilience is a long-term investment with a guaranteed high return, UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja said today at the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy in Geneva, focusing on drought preparedness and management policies. The meeting brings together 500 political decision-makers, development agencies, scientists and experts, among them Excellency Prime Minister of Niger, Brigi Rafini.
Mr. Gnacadja called upon the governments to make a political decision to translate scientific knowledge and best practices into national drought policies, based on early warning, risk monitoring and management systems. He called for a “clear political commitment, with a roadmap, to shift from crisis management to drought preparedness, risk management and resilience building.”
The meeting is held by the UNCCD, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from 11-15 March 2013 in Geneva.
The full statement of UNCCD Executive Secretary can be accessed here