High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy
The High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy began on 11 March 2013 at the International Congress Center in Geneva.
It is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and other UN partners.
Droughts cause the deaths and displacement of more people than cyclones, floods and earthquakes combined, making them the world’s most destructive natural hazard. Yet while droughts are expected to increase in frequency, area and intensity due to climate change, effective drought management policies are missing in most parts of the world.
The conference aims to promote the development and adoption of practical and proactive policies at the national level to make drought-prone countries more resilient.
The conference is web-casted and can be viewed here.
The High-level Segment will start on the afternoon of 14 March and conclude with the adoption of the Meeting Declaration on 15 March.
It will also promote a forward-looking approach for drought mitigation and planning measures, as well as for rought risk management, public outreach and resource stewardship, which are all key elements for an effective setting up of a national drought policy.
The meeting also seeks to :
- Foster greater collaboration to enhance the national, regional and global observation networks and information delivery systems to improve public understanding of and preparedness for drought.
- Add comprehensive governmental and private insurance and financial strategies into drought preparedness plans.
- Recognize safety nets for emergency relief based on sound stewardship of natural resources and self-help at diverse governance levels.
- Increase the coordination of drought programs and response measures.
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